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. 

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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