Happy Hannukah everyone, well tomorrow night anyway. Did that hurt anyone? I also intend to wish people a Merry Christmas as we get closer too. I am Jewish, but I also have half of my family and many coworkers that are Christian.
Getting to December means awkward consideration of who we can wish a Merry, Happy, etc. Is it almost comical watching a manager, that is confident in every other area of their lives, all of the sudden get tongue tied when it comes to wishing the people around them peace and happiness. Why?
Fairness in Human Resources is about valuing employees, and their right to work in an environment that accepts them. You can express your joy at Christmas, or Hannukah, etc. Just don't restrict others from sharing their joy either. Put the Charlie Brown Christmas Tree on your desk and enjoy it, but don't get offended when there is a Menorah in the window too.
Instead of obsessing over how to wish a coworker happiness, just express it in the way that is most genuine. If that is Merry Christmas, Happy Hannukah, Happy Holidays, it is okay. If anyone wants practice, I am Jewish and would love to get a bunch of Merry Christmas wishes in my inbox, willing to smile at Happy Holidays too.
Gregory Gershman - Managing Partner