WORKPLACE / DEC. 25, 2014
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How to Avoid Getting on Your Boss's Naughty List This Christmas

Being on your boss’s naughty list is probably one of the worst things you can do at Christmas time. This is likely the time that your boss is looking for someone to pick up a few extra hours of work over the holidays, close late Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve, or--worse yet--do a few early morning shifts. The LAST thing you want is to be on your boss naughty list, so here are some things you can do to stay on their good side:


If your boss needs help with a project, be one of the first to volunteer. If you are helpful during the Christmas season, they’re more likely to reward you as the holidays draw near. Who knows, you may even get a few extra days off thanks to all of your hard work!

Keep your emotions in check

If your boss or coworkers are annoying you, hold back on your emotional outbursts until AFTER the New Year. You may be frustrated all December long, but it’s worth controlling yourself. You don’t want to end up on the "hit list" just because you finally exploded over a problem that had been building up all year long. A week or two longer can’t hurt!

Try to read your boss

He or she may be trying to tell you something, but the messages are subtle and unspoken. These messages "between the lines" are often a valuable way to help you figure out what exactly your boss wants from you, so try to learn to understand the spirit of what they are saying, not just the exact words.

Tell your boss what you want

If your boss is going to try to push you around in order to see what you’ll put up with this Christmas, don’t take it lying down. You don’t need to defy them in public or make a scene, but be assertive with what you want, what you’re willing to do, and what you are unwilling to do. They will likely respect you, and you’ll find that it will earn you good points in their book.

Deliver solid results

Christmas is the best time of year to work your butt off, so make it a point to work extra hard in the last few weeks leading up to the holidays. Your boss will appreciate the extra effort, and it can win you some excellent marks in their book. In fact, if they see what you can do, you may actually start the year with the offer of a job promotion--provided you continue to consistently deliver solid results.

Be extra nice to them, and everyone

You don’t want to suck up to your boss too much, as no one likes a sycophant. However, you can do extra little things, such as bringing cookies, cakes, and sweets from home. Make sure to share them with your coworkers so it doesn’t look like you are ONLY paying attention to your boss, but do make it a point to give your boss some special treatment.

By staying on your boss’ "nice" list, you can make the most of your holidays!

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