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Many people have colleagues at the office they are so close to they can be characterized as a “work spouse.”  Such work spouses offer “support and mentorship,” and also give “advice and guidance,” as well as “friendship and companionship.”  These are people you can always count on, who let you vent to them, watch out for you at the Christmas party and more!

Source: New York Post 


51% of people say that they are more cheerful at work during the holiday season, while 35% of people say they're more stressed during this time of the year.  Things that would make people even happier at the office over the holidays include year-end bonuses, a more flexible work schedule and more paid vacation.  Things stressing people out over the holidays include: 

  • Balancing holiday events and work obligations (32%)
  • Coming back from a break with heavy workloads (23%)
  • Having fewer people in the office to get work done (18%)
  • Buying gifts for co-workers/business contacts (11%)
  • Attending office holiday events (8%)

Source: Accountemps


Now that it’s November, the gratitude challenges are taking over our social media feeds again, reminding us that we need to take time to appreciate the things we’re thankful for in life. And while most of us are thankful for the biggies, like loved ones, and a roof over our heads, there are a lot of little things to be grateful for too. Here’s the difference between what a mom says she’s thankful for versus what she’s actually thankful for this time of year.

  • "I’m grateful for the food on our table" - When mom says this, she really means, “"I'm grateful that my kids are actually going to eat a real meal for the first time in days."
  • "I'm grateful for my parents' visit" - This really means mom is “grateful her mom is going to cook most of Thanksgiving dinner and that her dad will entertain the kids for hours.”
  • "I’m grateful for time with my family" - Translation: “I’m grateful for TV that keeps the kids interested for hours.”
  • "I'm grateful for a low key Thanksgiving" - This actually means “I’m grateful for not having to change out of my leggings for dinner and not having to clean up after 50 people.”
  • "I'm grateful for the holidays" - When mom says this, she’s really saying, “I'm grateful for days off from work, sleeping in, and lazy mornings and afternoons." And there ain’t nothing wrong with that.
  • "I'm grateful for my friends" - And moms are really thankful for the ones who bring wine and/or keep the kids occupied.
  • "I'm grateful for my partner" - This one is actually pretty genuine and so is “I’m grateful for my children.” No hidden meanings, we really are thankful for every smile, random hug, and everything in between, even if we’re yelling, stressed, or otherwise not showing it.

Source: Romper


There’s a lot to love about this time of year, but with all the festivities and family time come certain pitfalls. So avoid the stress over figuring out who you need to buy gifts for or if you get an automatic plus one for your office holiday party and let the etiquette master, Emily Post- via this handy website- guide you to a faux pas free holiday season.

  • Thank you gifts - The Emily Post Institute says it’s appropriate to give a holiday present to people who provide you with year-round services. So your hairdresser, housekeeper, and trainer make the list. You can give cash, homemade baked goods, or something else, but always include a card.
  • Hostess gifts - Don’t make the mistake of showing up to a holiday party empty-handed, even if it’s at a friend’s house you go to all the time. A bottle of wine is always appreciated, but so are olive oils or even flowers, just remember that the Emily Post Institute recommends bringing them in a vase.
  • The office party - Yes, you have to go. And no, you can’t bring your bestie or your roommate as your date. Also, be sure to stick to your “still in control” alcohol limit so you’re not THAT girl everyone will be talking about at the office tomorrow.
  • The “in-laws” - We mean your S.O.’s family, whether you’re married or not. And when you go to spend the holidays with them, don’t show up without a gift. Tailor it to the mom, if you can, and ask your sweetie for guidance to make sure your seemingly innocent gift isn’t somehow offensive.
  • Coworker gifts - You can’t go wrong with a box of fancy chocolates or go bigger with a gift certificate to their favorite restaurant.
  • Talking politics - If you’re with your own family, you can do as you please. But when you’re with the in-laws or any mixed company, try to be diplomatic when the subject of politics comes up. Unless you don’t give an eff, then say anything you feel, but be prepared for the aftermath. Happy holidays!

Source: The Zoe Report


As much as we love that extra hour of sleep we got with the time change, having it be pitch dark when we leave the office isn’t so nice. We see the sun going down and we want to get out of there, even if it’s only four in the afternoon. So how can you stay focused when there’s a lot to do and no daylight left? These tips can help.

  • Get moving - Coffee only takes you so far, and when your buzzy brew isn’t cutting it, moving around can help. Stretch and walk away from your desk for an instant pick-me-up.
  • Put on some tunes - If the buzz from the fluorescent lights and the sound of your coworkers packing up for the day is distracting you, listening to music can give your brain a much needed break.
  • Try an app - There are all kinds of apps developed to help you avoid distractions, stay focused on the task at hand, and even create a reward system for getting things done. Try one of these 11 apps for motivation.
  • Embrace “comfort” mode - If you’re stuck in the office after dark, don’t fight it, embrace it. Dim the harsh light on your computer screen, make a cup of tea, and get cozy with a blanket or sweater. Hey, just because you’re still at work doesn’t mean you can’t be comfy.
  • Do the easiest stuff last - When you plan your day, save the less urgent stuff for when the sun goes down. You’ll be tired, but you’ll feel good knowing the more important stuff is behind you.

Source: The Muse

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