Balancing work and family is a daily struggle for many people, from entry-level employees to C-suite executives. But juggling the demands of family and friends with the demands of the office and/or customers over the holidays can become particularly tricky, and stressful — especially if you are unable to tune out work.
Even for those on paid time off, the siren call of the office can be hard to ignore ? especially if you conduct business via a smartphone.
So what can you do to ensure that work and family are both being taken care of this holiday season, and reduce work-life holiday stress? Here are five simple business communication tips for enjoying the holidays.
1. Inform people of your plans.
Let everyone know your holiday schedule several days (or weeks) in advance. Let coworkers and customers know when you will be out of the office (days, times), not answering email or calls, and when you will be back at work.
2. Make time off actually time off.
If you are on paid time off, stay out of the office. Even if you are at home during the holidays, avoid the temptation to go into work or check in with the office. Your family will thank you.
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