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What Christmas classics can teach you about work

Now that the whole of the UK is fully in the festive fever, we’ve been looking at some of the best classic Christmas movies (for research purposes) Although there is still a little way to go before the big day, but here are five work lessons we’ve been taught by our much-loved Christmas classics.

Home Alone – the art of preparation

In the workplace environment, acting like Kevin from Home Alone does not involve wiring up your workplace to trap your co-workers unfortunately. Rather than creating booby traps, when the pressure rises at work, keeping a cool head enables you to prioritise your tasks and approach new projects carefully, rather than panicking.

It’s a Wonderful Life – the big picture

At work, the way we act around our work colleagues can have consequences reaching further than you might expect, in this case in It’s a Wonderful Life. Be wary of how co-workers communicate and consider how your actions can affect those around you, especially at this time of year when people are feeling sensitive.

Die Hard – determination is important

We really can’t deny that John McClane shares some valued lessons while running around in the Nakatomi Plaza. The movie would be very short and very dull if our hero gave up in the first five minutes. Hence, the lesson of this movie is persistence. In the workplace, you can quickly become flooded by your work but listing and attacking projects separately can help you maximise your efficiency.

Love Actually – your past doesn’t command your future

A series of intertwined stories come together to spread a potent Christmas message that your past doesn’t always determine your future. Your career is for the most part directed by what you can bring to the table in the future, rather than your previous contributions. When applying for a new role, consider how your experiences can help a business’s future.

Elf – positive vibes

The one thing we know for sure about Buddy the Elf is that he has limitless enthusiasm and produces positivity which has a noticeable effect on those around him, including his stern-faced father. In real life, positivity is very infectious, and you can quickly elevate your team by keeping a positive mental attitude even in the most stressful situations. This is particularly important around the festive season when impending deadlines for the new year can lead to some serious seasonal stress!

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