- Families travel, and schedules change. With everyone so busy, parents may forget to tell an employee about a change or a travel plan. It is advisable to be proactive. Ask your employer about their holiday travel plans and ask if there will be any change in schedule that you can help accommodate. This will serve two purposes. It will help your employer focus on these items. And, you will minimize the chance of being blindsided by the "Oh, I forgot to tell you but tomorrow...."
- Over the holidays, many families have an influx of guests from out of town. This could be relatives, step children, or friends. Be proactive and ask if there are any plans for guests and ask if there is anything you can do to help prepare for their arrival. It could mean anything from picking up a few additional groceries, to help wrap a few extra gifts.
- Each home celebrates the holidays unique to their family "culture". Check in with the parents about how they want you to emulate their practices. Ask about their traditions, activities, and if there are any boundaries on decor or craft projects. Some parents may love that you want to take the kids to have a picture with Santa, while others may not. It's better to ask and get a clear idea of how you can align your activities with the family's traditions.
- Help to minimize stress and keep the household running smoothly. Ask if there are any special holiday clothes for the kids that you can help prepare by making sure they are cleaned and pressed. If it's a "hand-me-down" from an older sibling, does it need any mending? Ask about assisting in gift wrapping or home decorating. A less stressed employer makes for a less stressed employee!
Be proactive! Thinking ahead will always be a mark of your quintessential professionalism!Happy Holidays and Best Wishes for the New Year!