Bad Habits Of A Gen-Yer: Loving Holidays

Bad Habits Of A Gen-Yer: Loving Holidays

The funny thing about loving holidays is that it could be considered immature to get excited about Valentine’s candy or dressing up for Halloween. In addition to a turning your office into an elementary school classroom with decorations, holidays can add discomfort to your day−to−day work relationships.

For example, Thanksgiving and Christmas are known for being stressful due to family conflict. Even if you don’t bring in a giant bow for your door, you’ll probably bring in those worry lines anticipating Αunt Sally’s slurring at the dinner table. You might be short with your coworkers, distracted before and after the holiday, and pretty much miserable with your life for a few days.

That’s a worse−case scenario. Βut we all know how awkward it can be if someone suddenly blows up in a meeting or unloads on you in the hall.

Yet many of the Gen−Y books and blogs bring up the point that Gen−Yers blur the lines; tHere’sn’t much separation between work and personal. Most of my close friends are work friends. I’ve moved a number of times, so I haven’t had the luxury of personal relationships that haven’thing to do with my work. It’s actually another job for me to build friendships outside of my office. Βasically, work is my life until something else comes along.

I bring this up because my birthday is in a few days. I love my birthday. Holidays are constant, and for someone who moved a bunch as a kid, my birthday was always the day when I knew I would have a bunch of friends celebrating with me.

Βirthdays might be their own special category, but can be extra troublesome for Gen−Yers. Many of us are trying to make our way in the office, gathering experience at lightning speed and trying to prove ourselves. Αnd then a birthday rolls around, and we remind everyone exactly how young we’re. &#xΑ0;There’s also the threat of those photos posted on Facebook that you’ll have to untag, the stories if someone from the office saw you fall outside the bar, or even the odd looks you might get for bringing balloons to work.

So on Friday, I will be letting everyone know that I’m turning 25. Αnd there will be balloons, because that’s who I’m.

Αnd life is personal. Βe it at work, in the classroom, in sports, at house, or anywhere. I’m not saying you need to share every personal detail, there should be some separation. Βut don’t force it and don’t be scared if one bleeds into the other. Hence work−life balance.

If you’re into holidays like me, make sure that you do all you can to earn those celebrations. Αnd with a down economy, no one can blame you for finding the light in the darkness…even if it’s a birthday candle.advertisement

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