So Christmas may still be many weeks away at the moment, but there’s no denying the advertising boards appearing outside eateries, calling customers in for Christmas dining experiences and marking the early beginnings of the festive period.
Christmas can be a bit of a double-edged sword in retail and hospitality jobs: Yes, it’s true that, unlike in some lines of work, you might not be able to assume you’ll automatically get all the usual days off. In some jobs, it’s not unusual to have to work December 25th itself.
But, on the other hand, you’ll find that it’s really easy to get into the festive spirit at work, perhaps especially if you’re serving the public and getting to enjoy the season with them.
Wish them the best of the season
If you’re serving people in the run up to the big day, or even on the 25th, don’t forget to wish them the best of the season and help to spread the festive spirit in your work. It’s true that not everyone celebrates Christmas, but it’s still sure to raise a smile if you are being friendly and showing that you’re thinking of them.
Prepare for things to get busy
In some places, like restaurants, things get super busy at this time of year. But anyone who’s really into their job will tell you that this is actually a real thrill at times. You get to work at a time when plenty of people are happy and having fun, enjoying the season. And though you may well have to be on top form to keep up, this is brilliant, CV-worthy experience.
Extra shifts and extra responsibility
With all the extra customers that often come through the doors at this time of year, it’s a perfect moment to let your employer know if you’d like extra shifts, or to take on extra responsibility. This will really help them out and give you new experiences that will help you climb that career ladder, making it a win-win situation.
Get your holiday requests sorted
If you do fancy a day off on Christmas day and work somewhere where you might be expected to be at work instead, remember that you may need to make your request especially early on to stand a chance at a day of leave. Employers will work to make things fair though, so if you were working the 25th last year, you may well be more likely to get a day with the family at home this year!
Work out how you’re going to celebrate
If you are working on the 25th, work out how you’re going to make sure you still have an outside-of-work festive experience when the day comes. Will you and your family have Christmas dinner in the evening, rather than at lunch time, for example? Or might it be better to save all the experiences of Christmas Day for Boxing Day, and have an early or late Christmas?
Berkeley Scott is a specialist hospitality recruitment agency.