Black Friday is the one day of the year where we can literally shop till we drop with no judgement and score the best sales of the season. Alas, for many this isn’t the case. Welcome to the world of retail, where “holiday” almost always equals “work day.” I’m fortunately not working Black Friday this year, but I have several years of retail experience and two Black Fridays as a stylist at White House | Black Market under my belt, so I thought it would be fun to share some tips for those out there that will be spending this day working their little turkey tails off!
1. Get Enough Sleep
I know this sounds super basic, but I can’t stress this enough. If you stay up until 3 am Thanksgiving evening and have to be at work by 7 am, you will be MISERABLE! Trust me, I’ve done it. You’re going to want to be able to do your job well and not be falling asleep at the register- just think about all of the Turkey Day leftovers you can eat when you go home!
2. Give Yourself Enough Time to Get to Work
This sounds like another obvious one, but I made the mistake two years in a row not giving myself enough time to get to work and not taking into account the crazy traffic and mall parking. On a normal day, it would take me about 30 minutes to get to the mall I worked at. On Black Friday, I should have given myself at least an hour and a half to get there and park the car. I tell ya, mall parking is no joke during the holiday season!
3. Wear Comfy Footwear
For many retail employees, Black Friday shifts are longer and obviously busier than normal shifts. You’re going to want shoes that are comfy and won’t give you nasty cuts and blisters. You might just have to forgo looking cute, you won’t be able to do your job well in between limping and silently screaming in pain. These shoes above may not be the most attractive shoes in the world, but I put my Black Friday employee stamp of approval on them. I wore a pair very similar to these last year for an 8 hour shift and boy, was I glad I did!
4. Don’t Wear Anything Too Heavy
Even though it’s the holidays and you want to break out that new turtleneck, stay far away! When stores are that packed and your job involves moving around and making sure customers are satisfied, you’re going to become stressed. With crowds comes heat and with stress comes more heat. This is something you’ll want to avoid at all costs. Even if it’s freezing outside, wear something short sleeved, or even sleeveless and balance it out with some cute statement pants or tights! This only applies if the store you work at has a more lenient dress code- hopefully you aren’t required to wear long sleeves!
Are you working Black Friday this year? Is it something you’ve done in the past? Be sure and share this post with anyone you know that will be working, I’d love to know if these tips helped!