There’s Too Much Trouble in the World to Have a Holiday Party

Beverly FlaxingtonBeverly Flaxington is a practice management consultant. She answers questions from advisors facing human resource issues. To submit yours, email us here.

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Dear Bev,

I’m having a hard time navigating the holidays this year. We lost two people in our office in 2023, one to COVID and one to cancer. These were long-time and very loyal employees with whom everyone enjoyed working and who made a positive impact on our team and on our clients.

I thought I had moved past the sorrow – one passed in late May and one in early August. But I’m finding myself very melancholy and not terribly motivated to do our annual holiday party or get nice gifts for our clients.

I read your article last week about gifting, and I appreciate the ideas to do something special. But what if I’m not motivated to do anything at all? Not sure if this is something that requires a medical diagnosis, like depression or seasonal affect disorder (SAD), but I’m quite down and my entire advisory team is feeling the effects. Recommendations about what to do to pull myself up?