3 things smart employees do before going away for the holidays

As the 2020 draws to an end and we approach the holidays, everyone is just about ready to sign off for the year. With COVID still raging, a brutal political season that seems to have yet more controversy in store, everyone is just about done.


Tempting though it may be to just disappear into the night, albeit for one to two weeks, it is important to do at least these three things before you leave for the year:


Finish the work.

Don't leave till tomorrow anything you can do today.

The closer we get to our last day before taking time off for the year, the more complacent and distracted we become - it's very normal.


However, shrewd employees finish everything on their plate before taking off. Better yet, they'll ask if there's anything else they can do to make sure the team finishes the year strong.


Typically, the answer to that question will be "No" because your manager(s) are ready to go too, but the question itself scores huge brownie points with them.


Plan for next year.

The most successful people don't wing it, they plan ahead of time.

Figure out what needs to happen in the first quarter of 2021 to achieve your goals. Then develop at least a raw plan to reap the desired outcome. If you're the one proposing this plan, your managers will be impressed by your initiative.


Having a plan in place lets you get the ground running as soon as January rolls around.


Say thank you & goodbye.

I called a relative earlier this week to thank him for paying for my graduation celebration lunch five years ago. As I was idling at a red light, the thought of that old generosity crossed my mind and I had to express my gratitude, for maybe the 3rd time. He was invited like everyone else to that lunch, but choose to foot the entire roughly $1,400 bill, as a way to celebrate me.


I'm hard-wired to show immense gratitude. One of the many reasons I do this is because my relative success in life has mostly been supercharged by the kindness and consideration of others. If you knew where I started from, you'd agree that showing gratitude works.


In other words, take the time to thank everyone at work who contributed to you not completely losing your mind in 2020. Thank your manager, the admin, the people you manage, everyone. Then wish them happy holidays with their family and sign off gracefully.


You can do this in a group email, or if you're like me always apply the personal touch.

Showing gratitude is like tilling and fertilizing a just harvested farmland. You're increasing the likelyhood of reaping yet another good harvest next season.
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