Say "No" to Holiday Burnout: 8 Benefits to Working Over the Holidays
When you have a job in a hotel or restaurant, working on holidays is part of the territory. It’s no surprise when Christmas Day comes around and you start a shift at the same time other people are opening presents or sitting down to dinner with their families. Although you might feel like you’re missing out on the conventional way of celebrating, you may also notice some advantages of working on holidays. These include:
1. Less stress
Some people feel a lot of pressure on holidays—to prepare a big meal, to put up perfect decorations, to eat more than usual, and to create an idyllic family scene. If something doesn’t go according to the plan or there’s a disagreement between relatives, they can feel disappointed and stressed. But when you work on holidays, you don’t have sky-high expectations that are bound to come crashing down. The holiday is more like a normal workday, not a pressure cooker.
2. Relaxing celebrations on alternative days
Many hospitality professionals celebrate holidays with their families a few days after the actual date. This alternative celebration may be more laid-back. After working hard on a holiday, people often want to focus on family and friends rather than on material aspects of the celebration. Thus, the time they spend with loved ones may be even more meaningful.
3. Camaraderie at work
Since most of your coworkers also have to postpone their holiday celebrations, they know what it’s like. You feel a greater sense of teamwork and cooperation on a holiday because everyone is doing their part to make the holiday celebration possible. That experience of working together and creating something special is something you don’t find on just any workday.
4. Guests’ happiness
When you work holidays, you allow countless guests to eat delicious meals and spend time with the people they care about. It’s rewarding to see how joyful guests are thanks to your dedication and hard work.
5. A new perspective on the holidays
You look at the holidays from a different angle because you’re at work and interacting with the public instead of taking the day off. You know how much effort is required to get a venue ready and how much cleanup happens after the celebration. You get to play a part in guests’ holiday vacations and meals and to see how love and togetherness can light up their eyes. That gives you a greater perspective on what’s really important about the holidays.
6. Something to do when everything’s closed
So many places are closed on national holidays that these days can be kind of boring, particularly if you don’t have family nearby or if you don’t want to stay home. The few places that are open are usually crowded and have limited parking. If you’re someone who likes to keep busy, working on a holiday may be more fun for you than waiting in a humongous line or sitting at home. When you do have a day off, you can enjoy it by going to shows or attractions that weren’t open on the holiday itself.
7. Better tips
Guests feel especially generous on holidays, and they often give bigger tips. Guests may also order more food than usual, which is another factor that pushes up the tip amount. This means working on a holiday can be significantly more lucrative than working a typical shift.
8. Your employer’s appreciation
Your employer relies on people like you to come in to work on days when most of the world takes off. Your employer is grateful that you’re willing to do that, and at a minimum, you probably get a big thank-you. You might also get some material signs of appreciation, like a monetary bonus, free food, or special perks or gifts.