Usually, hotel/resort and facility painters need to work on holidays, including Thanksgiving Day. Particularly if they are scheduled to be on duty that day of the week.
For many reasons, I always enjoyed working on Thanksgiving. Even though many work orders were STAT, guest tempers flared, and bosses went ballistic.
10 THINGS THAT MADE THANKSGIVING A GREAT WORK DAY
- Chance to be with other persons – work friends – on a holiday.
- Opportunity to help others enjoy the holiday away from home.
- Lighter, more relaxed mood among staff members, even management.
- Teammates’ humorous approach to troubleshooting, and handling of problems promptly.
- More time allowed for light talk between and among staff members.
- Teammate’s holiday stories and jokes during breaks and lunch.
- Holiday atmosphere throughout the property.
- Festive, respectful attitude of guests and visitors, even when complaining.
- “Lightened up” attitude of bosses.
- Scrumptious menus prepared by our cooks – and those “doggie bags” for home.
10 TIPS FOR ENJOYING THANKSGIVING DAY AT WORK
- Two-three days before, jot down simple to-do list for the holiday. Select tasks that take little time – and will free you to enjoy the day with others.
- Carry in a holiday snack for teammates. Something that they’ll like, tastes great, and is easy to grab and eat on the run. ADDED TIP: Hand out pieces of wrapped holiday candy to fellow staff.
- Show up in a holiday mood, and spread it around, without overdoing it.
- Be ready to stop and chat with teammates and fellow staff any time your paths cross.
- Make the work day a little easier for any teammate that you know is going through a rough time (whatever the reason).
- Keep your eyes out for guests that need an extra pair of hands, or smile.
- Step in and give your boss an unexpected and extra break time.
- “Take two” minutes. Toss a ball with a teen hanging out in your work area outdoors.
- “Take five” minutes. Lend a hand to a guest loading up the family vehicle.
- Look out for children that appear lost, confused, upset, or ill. Help them get back to family.
Remember: Everyone on the property that day will be visiting. Away from home, and away from their own tables.
Give thanks that you’re there on this holiday. There’s a good reason that you are. Make it matter!
A TRUE THANKSGIVING STORY…
Three turkeys lived, very visibly, in our woods. One Thanksgiving, my dad forgot to pick up his 22+ pound, free Thanksgiving turkey from the company.
Without saying anything to anyone, he loaded a rifle and snuck into the woods to shoot a turkey for Thanksgiving dinner.
But, the three turkeys had other plans. They disappeared.
Dad crept through the trees for over two hours, fighting whipping 40 degree winds and biting snow. Still no turkey.
When he came back to the house, Mom asked him, “Where were you? Ron and Carol dropped off your turkey.”
Dad looked at his unloaded rifle, then doubled over in laughter.
Give thanks for the turkey that got away, and the turkey that joins you for dinner.
A safe and memorable Thanksgiving week-end to everyone. And, thanks for reading “Painting with Bob.”
Copyright 2016. Robert D. Hajtovik. All rights reserved.