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Checking It Twice: Did You Land on the Naughty or Nice List?

As the year winds down, it’s the perfect time to reflect on your professional conduct and determine whether you’re headed for the naughty list or earning a spot on the nice list. At Godshall, we understand the significance of workplace behavior in shaping your career trajectory. Let’s see if you landed on the nice list or did you get stuck with a lump of coal this year.


Scrooge-like Teamwork vs. Santa’s Little Helper

Scrooge-like Teamwork:

Do you often find yourself saying, “That’s not my job”? If you’re avoiding collaboration and teamwork, you might be headed straight for the naughty list.


Santa’s Little Helper:

Are you always ready to lend a hand when a colleague is in need? Nice behavior involves actively participating in teamwork and supporting your team members. This will get Santa smiling!


In the festive spirit of collaboration, being Santa’s Little Helper is not just a nice-to-have. It’s a must for professional success. Employers appreciate employees who contribute to a positive and collaborative work environment.


Riding with Rudolph vs. No Spirit Sleigh Ride

Riding with Rudolph:

Arriving early and dressed for success? Being prompt and ready for the day will score you a spot on the nice list!


No Spirit Sleigh Ride:

Do you often find yourself getting to the office just in time? This behavior shows a lack of interest and enthusiasm to be your best. Watch out, because that may land you on the naughty list!


Punctuality and enthusiasm are key components of workplace success. By riding with Rudolph – arriving early and ready to tackle the day – you not only demonstrate professionalism, but also show a commitment to your role and responsibilities.


Being a Merry Mentor vs. Sticky Prickly Pear Tree

Being a Merry Mentor:

Have you actively mentored or assisted colleagues in their professional growth? If you’ve been sharing your knowledge and helping others succeed, you’re certainly on the nice list as a merry mentor.


Sticky Prickly Pear Tree:

Have you neglected to provide constructive feedback or ignored the growth and development of your team members? If you’re not being a team player, you might find yourself on the naughty list!


In the professional landscape, being a merry mentor involves more than just excelling in your role – it means actively contributing to the growth of your colleagues. Conversely, neglecting to provide feedback or being a “sticky prickly pear tree” that hinders growth could land you on the naughty list.


As you navigate your professional journey, remember that your behavior at work speaks volumes. By embodying the qualities that land you on the nice list – collaboration, punctuality, and mentorship – you position yourself as an attractive candidate for growth opportunities. As professional recruiters, we encourage you to embrace the spirit of professional excellence, ensuring that your career sleigh ride is filled with success, growth, and a place on the nice list!


Happy Holidays from the Godshall Team!