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Laughter is the best medicine in the workplace during the Christmas season

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Year end is getting close and there are a million things to do in the workplace to prepare. Compound that with the Christmas holidays; add in a little employee stress plus a grump boss. It all makes for the perfect storm. This time of year should be a happy one, but for many it is not. Laughter is the best form of medicine. Here are a few things to help get through this time of year.

Remember that everyone is feeling the same way right now. Stress is probably the number one complaint at work because there is always so much to do, not enough time to get it all done and less staff than ever to help accomplish it all. The main thing to remember is to work together and laugh once in a while because it will help alleviate all the tension because everyone is in the same boot trying to navigate through the rough waters.

Take the time to do something nice for everyone in the office, or at the very least, in the department. Bring in breakfast or offer to pick up lunch for everyone. Sometimes it is the little things that make the difference. Bringing a smile to someone who is feeling down will make her feel special and a part of the group. Even if it is just a little smile, it will lead to a bigger one and eventually help them to laugh again.

One of the most things to remember is to say thank you. Saying these two little words will mean the world, bring on those smiles which will eventually lead to laughter and make everyone happy. And that is what it is all about this time of year – being happy. In fact, that is what it should be about all year long. Employees that are happy tend to work better and want to stay in their jobs.

Following these few simple guidelines will make sure that everyone in the department gets through this stressful time of year. A little laughter amidst the storm will help clear those clouds and calm the seas, making the day go by faster and seem a little brighter. Laughing will help give everyone more energy in order to get through those long, tough days together. Laughter really is the best medicine in the workplace during the Christmas season, and in fact, all year long.

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