Appoint Christmas Opening Hours & Festive Reading Ideas

Looking for our Christmas Opening Hours? You’ll find all the details here, alongside our festive reading round-up!

Appoint Christmas Opening Hours 2019:

  • Mon 23rd Dec: 8.30am – 5.30pm
  • Tue 24th Dec: closed
  • Wed 25th Dec: closed (Christmas Day Bank Holiday)
  • Thu 26th Dec: closed (Boxing Day Bank Holiday)
  • Fri 27th Dec: closed
  • Mon 30th Dec: 8.30am – 5.30pm
  • Tue 31st Dec: 9.30am – 2.30pm
  • Wed 1st Jan: closed (New Year’s Day Bank Holiday)
  • Thu 2nd Jan: open as usual

Festive reading suggestions…

We hope you’ll enjoy some time off to relax and recharge this Christmas break and that most of your reading will be of the leisurely persuasion.

If you are eager to get a head start on your career plans and/or job search this Christmas, the following articles may help…

  1. Christmas: some quality time off or time to job hunt? Helping you consider your options this festive break.
  2. How failure can benefit your career: vital reading for anyone who’s just experienced a career setback (and really doesn’t want to talk about it this Christmas!).
  3. What is meaningful work? The article to read if you’re not sure whether your job has meaning…or where to find it in your next role.
  4. How to handle job rejection: a fresh way to consider any recent rejections – whether they’ve happened once or multiple times.
  5. Do connections matter more than talent? What the research shows, plus how to increase your confidence when you’re lacking ‘connections’.
  6. The happiness, productivity & success connection: essential knowledge for anyone weighing up whether to stick things out in a miserable job that may bring success!
  7. Your job skill of the future: the one job skill that most experts believe we’ll need in a more automated career landscape.
  8. Voluntary work: benefits for employers & job-seekers: why you’ll want to start volunteering in 2020.
  9. Leaving a job without another job: is this a wise move for your January return?!
  10. Doing more of what you enjoy: why we could all benefit from doing more of what we enjoy both in and out of work.

And a bonus suggestion..!

  • Planning to send your CV over the Christmas break and don’t know what to include in your cover email? This post is for you!

We’d like to take this opportunity to wish you all a wonderful break. With thanks for all the support in 2019 and sending you all the best for the New Year. We’ll look forward to working with you in 2020. 

Christmas: some quality time off or time to job hunt?!

Should you use your Christmas break for some time off or as your prime time to job search? 

With Christmas Eve arriving tomorrow (whether it feels as if it’s arrived too soon or not!), it’s decision-making time.

Are you going to put your job hunt on hold for the duration of the festivities or are you going to step up your search ahead of the New Year? We’ll take a look at both options…

The pros of taking some time off:

If you’re already employed (and unless you work in retail, hospitality or similar), this is likely to be one of your longest breaks in the working year. It’s been a tough year for many professionals, with increasing numbers of people said to be at breaking point. It’s also the year that WHO expanded on its definition of burnout syndrome.

To top this all off, national productivity has plummeted and there’s even more research to prove that happy employees are more successful.

With all this in mind, the option of a break to unwind and enjoy yourself has clear benefits.

What’s more, it can sometimes take a proper break to gain a bit of perspective.

If you’re feeling run down, burned out and/or desperate for a break, it could be wise to use all or at least most of your leave for some time away from thoughts of work and job searching. You’ll likely feel more capable and confident as a result.

Why it could be the prime time to job hunt:

With many offices closed and (hopefully) now having a little more time to yourself, it can be an excellent opportunity to focus your mind on what you want to achieve in the New Year. It’s not uncommon to feel even more motivated as a result.

You’ll get the chance to research jobs more thoroughly, helping you to identify the most appealing and suitable opportunities.

The extra time can also allow you to put together a better quality CV than you’d compile on the average busy evening or weekend. You could even ask any willing friends and/or family to lend some thoughts on anything you might have missed out in your first draft.

It’s also a chance to make sure your CV is one of the first to arrive in inboxes ahead of the January return.

So, which is the best option for you?

This is a tricky question to answer. It’s most likely one that only you can answer – or someone very close to you who knows how you’ve been feeling lately.

Our best advice is to make sure you’re using at least some of your Christmas break to relax and recharge. However, providing as you’re not feeling unwell or burned out, you could also schedule some time for advancing your career. Perhaps following that period of proper relaxation to get the best of both worlds!

Reminder: if your stress is starting to interfere with the quality of your life (in and/or out of work), you should speak to your GP.

Also, if you’ve experienced a sense of career failure recently, please read this post. It may give you more confidence before those festive catch-ups!

Ready to start/continue your job search? Here are the latest opportunities.

The end of Secret Santa?

What is Christmas in the office without Secret Santa?! Why there’s a chance that this tradition could be banned…

This workplace tradition is so ubiquitous that a quick search for the best gifts reveals 196 million results. Even the broadsheets are participating, with lists of items you can snap up from less than £10.

What’s more, there are guides dedicated to the Dos and Don’ts of picking gifts for your colleagues alongside websites that help you auto-generate your Secret Santa names…even to the extent of helping you to avoid previous picks!

Bearing all this in mind, why could Secret Santa become endangered?

It turns out that more than 1/4 of younger employees are struggling to afford such office celebrations and ‘whip-rounds’.

It’s not just the Christmas gift sharing that proves a problem, as many employees are participating in 15 celebratory spends a year.

Birthdays are costing employees the most, with an average of 5 annual contributions per person.

This all tots up to an average of £99 spent on colleagues each year…or £4,667 across a working lifetime!

Millennials are also experiencing the biggest spend, with 17 celebratory contributions amounting to £151 a year and £7,111 throughout their careers.

Consequently, 1/5 of employees say financial contributions should be banned at work. This rises to 35% among millennial respondents.

Will we really say goodbye to the tradition?

There are clear benefits to workplace giving. Employees believe these include:

  • Showing ‘respect and appreciation’ (64%)
  • Morale-boosting (61%)
  • Creating a ‘healthy rapport’ with colleagues (60%)

For these reasons, it looks unlikely that Secret Santa will become endangered anytime soon.

However, some offices may find other ways of helping younger and/or less affluent employees participate in office traditions.

One idea is for business owners to create budgets for these celebrations – an idea that more than 1/5 of employees welcome. Other recommendations include the chance to opt-out, alongside clearly defined spending limits.

Ready to increase your salary? Visit our jobs page to see where your next career step could take you.

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