8 Reasons Why It's Not So Bad to Work Over the Holidays

December 11th, 2013 2 Min read 8 Reasons Why It's Not So Bad to Work Over the Holidays Blog
christmas-partyThe holiday season is a great time to spend time with family, catch up with friends, and get a much-needed break from work. Unfortunately for healthcare professionals, medical needs never seem to take a vacation. Though it may not be your first choice, there are a few unique benefits of working during the holidays. Earn points for being the nice guy. Covering a shift not only gives you the chance to help a coworker, but it shows that you're a team player.
  1. Avoid the holiday shopping crowds. Moving your celebration to another day allows you to shop for gifts after the crowds have dissipated -- and while after-holiday sales are plentiful.
  2. Show off your leadership skills. While your facility's leaders are taking time off, you can show that you know how to run the place (and lead the people).
  3. Earn extra cash. For most people, the holidays are the most expensive time of the year. Instead of pulling out the credit card, consider taking a locum tenens assignment to add to your cash flow. SEE ALSO: Working Locum Tenens has an Upside for Residents
  4. Have a legitimate excuse for missing a family party. Picking up an extra shift is great way to get out of exchanging white elephant gifts and listening to your in-laws fight with each other.
  5. A floating holiday. Many employers offer extra time off for working a holiday. Save that day for something fun in the new year.
  6. Learn something new. With a skeleton staff, you may be asked to do things you've never done before. Consider it a challenge!
  7. Feel good about yourself. By working a holiday, you're not only allowing a colleague to stay home, but you're offering care when people need it most. RELATED: Which Types of Physicians are Happiest Outside of Work?
Working over the holidays can be a bit of a downer, but only if you let it be. Stay positive, focus on the good things, and enjoy the season.