Not home for the holidays
Nobody enjoys working on the holidays, but unfortunately in this industry it’s inevitable. This was my first holiday season working full time, so I tried to cope with it the best way possible. I’m lucky enough to be close to my family, so when I get off work I have the opportunity to spend time with them. Others do not have this luxury. Still, working a 10-hour shift during the holiday season can put a damper on your mood. For you young hoteliers entering the industry, let me share with you how I coped:
- I took comfort in my fellow co-workers spending the holidays at the hotel with me. They have become my second family, after all.
- The nostalgia of my property during the holidays is very elevating. It was nice to be in such a festive atmosphere.
- I had a tendency to live vicariously through my guests. I found myself getting excited about their holiday plans, even though I wasn’t partaking in them.
- I took the opportunity to truly delight some of my guests staying with us for the holidays, and they were so grateful that I took the time to make their holiday extra special.
- Holiday parties!
- I never forgot it was the holidays, and I had A LOT to be thankful for.
Here are a few neat ideas I heard from guests and friends that were away for the holidays:
- Eat with your family via webcam.
- Have your family send you all the ingredients for their holiday dinner and instructions on how to make it. Then (attempt to) make it.
- Spend the holidays with the family of a friend or co-worker.
- Go out to dinner and treat yourself.
- Volunteer your time to help the less fortunate.
- Try celebrating with a different custom to broaden your horizons.
Hope you had a happy and safe holiday season!