Think you’re busy this holiday season? I’m willing to bet I know someone busier.
His name is Claus. Santa Claus.
Maybe you’ve heard of him. He also goes by Nick, Kris Kringle, Père Noël, and Father Christmas. Even if you don’t know his name, you’ve probably heard stories of a big, bearded guy who sneaks around at night and eats cookies. Granted, we have a lot of those here in the Pacific Northwest, but this big, bearded foodie stands out for a few reasons: he rides around in a sleigh pulled by flying reindeer, leaves presents wherever he goes, bends the laws of time and space, and might be immortal.
He’s also a business owner. That’s right—in addition to maintaining his figure, managing his brand, and training for the big night, Santa oversees a bunch of diminutive, highly skilled employees. You may know them as Santa’s elves—and according to some estimates, there are more than 85,000 of them up there at the North Pole, working around the clock, 364 days a year.
Yikes. Imagine the paperwork, payroll, and HR issues Santa must deal with. As I said, he’s busy! Bezos-level busy.
It goes to show you’re never too busy to take care of the people (or elf-people) who propel your business’s success. But that’s not all we’ll be hearing from Santa and his team this year; over the next few weeks, we’ll be diving, down-the-chimney-style, into some of the more magical elements of Santa’s Code of Conduct in greater detail.
Yes, I called a code of conduct “magical.” No, it’s not the nog talking.