Note: This article was originally published Thanksgiving 2010. It has been updated for republication.
So Thanksgiving is over, nearly everyone is overstuffed with the post-holiday leftover turkey, dressing, green bean casserole, sweet potatoes and yams, and deviled eggs, and lots of us are feeling the effects. For many, the warm glow of family and friends is being suffused by a chill in the air (at least here) and the rampant commercialism of holiday shopping. Me, I’m going to celebrate Christmas with my family as I was taught and have learned to appreciate. In the meantime, it’s back to work and likely overstuffed inboxes rather than turkey, and rampant calendar crashing rather than shopping.
But, there is a way to stay thankful and productive…
Happy Thanksgiving! It’s that time again. Halloween decorations are coming down, Christmas, Hanukkah, and Yuletide decorations have begun to go up in many homes, cities, and businesses, and the annual holiday rush is already beginning. Many people are preparing to travel on the busiest travel holiday of the year, and many more are preparing for visitors. Without a bit of planning and perspective, it quickly can get to be too much. Here are a few suggestions to help keep you thankful this Thanksgiving, and to help keep you productive whether it’s at work or at home.
Remember, Monday, October 16, is Boss’s Day.Â Traditionally, this day is used to thank bosses for being kind and fair throughout the year.Â It has been celebrated for over five decades in the United States and is gaining popularity around the world.Â Read on for a bit more about the purpose of the day and some ways to acknowledge your appreciation for your boss.
Mark your calendars for Wednesday, April 26. It’s Administrative Professional’s Day.
It’s annual appraisal time for many, many people. And part of that is the often-dreaded self-assessment, self-appraisal, or yearly accomplishment review. Regardless of the name it goes by in your organization, it’s the document through which you evaluate your annual accomplishments for use by your supervisor, manager, or executive. And he or she uses it (hopefully) as an input for his or her assessment of your performance. In this post, I address ways to make this process more effective, less stressful, and more useful for everyone.