December 2018 Soto’s Chronicles
Protecting your most valuable asset — your family
FROM THE DESK OF DeDe Soto
MERRY CHRISTMAS & HAPPY HOLIDAYS
The holiday season is a time of festive joy and an opportunity to create lasting memories with the people closest to you. Inevitably, that includes the folks you work with every day. Only the Grinchiest of business owners keep every semblance of the holiday season from entering the office. Spreading a little cheer and creating a festive environment can help boost morale and end the calendar year on a high — but only when you go about it the right way. Unlike traditions held among your family and closest friends, there are some rules to follow for celebrating the most wonderful time of the year at work. It’s important to make sure that you don’t create distractions or allow things to get too rowdy at the office. Striking the right balance can be delicate, but it’s much easier if you remember the following suggestions. SPREADHOLIDAY CHEER ATWORK T hrough G ood D eeds and K indness It is perfectly acceptable to put up a tree, string lights, and adorn your office with Christmas-themed decorations. Heck, you can even invite Santa to stop by if you like. That being said, the holidays should be a time of inclusion and celebration, not a time of leaving people out. If you have members of your team who celebrate holidays other than Christmas at this time of year — such as Ramadan, Hanukkah, or Kwanzaa — be sure to include some nods to their personal and cultural traditions. And it’s just as crucial to ensure that you don’t force anyone to participate in activities that could make them feel uncomfortable. The workplace is not an ideal setting for, say, Nativity reenactments. Focus on aspects of the holiday season that resonate with everyone, and you’ll avoid awkward situations and unneeded controversy. CELEBRATE INCLUSIVELY
I hope you are able to take some time off to spend with your family and friends this holiday season. Here at the Soto Law Group, we will be closing the week between Christmas and New Year’s, so my staff and myself can enjoy the time with our families. If your checklist included estate planning, please call our office prior to the end of the year and we can get started. If you refer your clients our way, make sure to have the them call us prior to December 21st. One of the real joys of the holiday season is the opportunity to say “Thank You” for all your support this year. My wish for all is Health, Happiness and Prosperity in the New Year! May you have a joyful heart this season.
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