Here we go again. The winter holiday season is here. People fall into three categories when it comes to how they feel about the holidays. There are individuals who are humming seasonal songs as they pack the Thanksgiving leftovers into plastic containers. Then there are those who wish they could go into hiding until January 2. Still others like the holidays well enough, but don't want to think about them 24/7 from the day after Thanksgiving until the start of the new year.
Given the differences in the way individuals feel, it's no wonder this season presents so many difficulties when it comes to the workplace. You may have office mates that fall into each of the aforementioned categories and it's important to respect everyone's feelings. Then there is the question of giving presents. Do you buy your boss a gift? What about your co-workers? What do you buy them and how much should you spend? What should you do about all the food your co-workers bring in to celebrate the holidays? And let's not forget the office party. Should you look at it as an occasion to let your hair down or a way to make a good impression on company higher ups? Answers to these questions and others can be found in Six Rules for Dealing With the Holidays at Work.