Hi Everyone, The item below is not a new post, but it has become an ‘old favorite’ and it is appropriate for this time of year. Once again I bring you ‘Seasoning Our Behavior’.

This week marks the Thanksgiving holiday in the United States. There are many traditions that surround this holiday and I am not just talking about overeating and hitting the mall for shopping the next day. Thanksgiving designates the beginning of the holiday season for many residents of the United States. And the workplace during this time of year can be very interesting indeed.

With the same responsibilities and deadlines we now have: additional family obligations, additional financial pressures, social obligations and the resulting stomachaches, headaches and fatigue. Guess what? Sometimes holidays come with stress.

Hey, what a downer, should we just cancel the holidays this year? No – of course not. This absolutely can be a time of tremendous joy. And even if these are not the holidays you celebrate; the spirit around you can be positively infectious.

Now the timing of this article may be specific to a culture and location, but the concept is not. As we reach out across the globe we learn about different traditions and beliefs. We may celebrate on different days for different reasons, but we share very human responses to our holiday seasons.

One way to enjoy any holiday season is to be aware of the pressure that comes with the partying. Another tip is to respect the effect of holidays on other people. Maybe YOU are the exact same person during this time, but perhaps some of your team members are not.

Just a few things to consider:

• Some team members may be less productive during this time of year. Many individuals take their vacations during the holiday season. Others are distracted by obligations and celebrations.
• Some team members are more productive because they want to complete their to-do list by the end of the year.
• Some people greet the holidays eagerly, others are eager for the holidays to end.
• If you work on a global team, do you know which holidays you share and which you do not? For example, if you have an office in Taiwan, do you know when they celebrate Teacher’s day? Will the office be open on this day?

Even those who celebrate the same holiday may do so very differently. Let’s go back to Thanksgiving. You may assume that everyone in the United States has turkey for Thanksgiving dinner, but some families would much rather have ham or lasagna or tamales.

Does this mean we all must become experts about holidays and traditions across the planet? Only if you have a sincere interest. What it does call for is awareness and respect. Be aware of others and respect their beliefs and traditions. Awareness and respect are two themes that will carry you through any holiday season.

Author's Bio: 

Margaret developed a passionate belief that it takes courage and skill to be human at work and that all individuals have a responsibility to treat each other with dignity, respect and compassion.

Motivated by her beliefs and the desire to make a difference in the lives of others, Margaret acted on her vision by founding Meloni Coaching Solutions, Inc. Her vision is to create a group of successful individuals who are at peace with their authentic selves; a group of people who help and support others; a group who bring humanity to the office and thrive because of it. Margaret sees a world where achieving peace and achieving success go hand-in-hand.

Margaret’s students and clients often find that what she really brings them is freedom to bring their authentic selves to the office. As a former Information Technology Executive, Margaret always knew her preference was for the people behind the technology. Now Margaret brings those beliefs to individuals from many professional backgrounds. The common thread across her client base is the desire to experience peace at work and the recognition that peace is not absence of conflict, peace is the ability to cope with conflict. For these people, Margaret Meloni is truly ‘A Path to Peace’. ™

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