Tis the season to be…

Posted By: Margaret Stockley | Published on : December 3rd, 2019

This past week one of my colleague’s, who has been flying every other week for work for the past twenty years, experienced something for the first time…spending the night in the airport.

His flight was delayed because of weather and when it finally boarded and went to the taxiway, the plane was eventually towed back to a gate at 2:00 A.M. because of ice on the runway. He was rescheduled on a 7:00 A.M. flight so this resulted in spending the wee small hours in the airport.

It was a tiring and disruptive time and while he wasn’t as rested as he would have liked, his focus was on the meeting rather than on the fact that he had only slept for a few hours at an airport.

Plus, he had a great story to share back at the office.

However, if delays and frustration became a common situation, the outcome may have been different.

The snowball effect of all stressful situations, culminating at this time of year, can result in work-related pain and injuries, missed meals (and sleep), and the cumulative effect of stress leading to burnout or serious health consequences.

Now with the holiday season upon us, there are additional pressures piled on through special meals to prepare, extra shopping and gifts to purchase, and social events to attend.

There’s not a lot of room for other things to fit in.

Being mindful of the extra demands that exist, the following are a few suggestions to consider over the upcoming holiday season, and beyond, to further support employees:

  1. Schedule financial wellness classes now, before January and February arrive
  2. Time off boosts time spent on the job! Limit emails and work-related items during planned time off
  3. Provide self-care gifts during holiday parties
  4. Work with local businesses to provide discounts to gyms, spas etc
  5. Identify appropriate training models and how to roll them out, such as resilience training or stress-management
  6. Offer meditation, breathing, and relaxation classes with techniques that can be practiced while at work, at home, or traveling
  7. Coach managers to encourage employees to take appropriate breaks
  8. Promote training as a benefit
  9. Invite a sleep management professional to discuss fatigue and sleep disorders
  10. Create a quiet space


Margaret Stockley is the founder of the online wellness training company POWCERT and CEO of the Aspire2 Wellness Group. 

She is also the author of “Transforming Workplace Wellness “and co-author of “Inner Knowledge”.