Now that Black Friday has essentially turned into Black Friday week, it’s pretty hectic out there for retail workers. While there’s a lot of talk about the great bargains and products you can grab on Black Friday, let’s spare a thought for the retail staff who have to sell them.

A retail worker’s survival guide

Black Friday, like Boxing Day, is one of the biggest shopping days of the year. Though originating in the U.S., it’s really taken off around the globe. Black Friday sales tend to span from the Friday, right through the weekend to the following Monday, crowned Cyber Monday for online sales. But as we’re seeing this year, it’s starting even earlier.

Black Friday is a great way for shoppers to pick up Christmas gifts early. But that often results in overwhelming crowds and a huge influx of online orders. Which will likely skyrocket this year thanks to social distancing.

The biggest sales tend to happen on Black Friday itself, which is November 27 this year. Preparing yourself to work on Black Friday is like preparing to run a marathon or sit an exam. You must be kind to your body and turn up focused.

Speaking from experience, working Black Friday can become nothing short of torture. So, for all my retail brethren working overtime in the next week, here are some tips to help you survive the sales.

Eat a decent breakfast

Black Friday often starts early and runs late. If you’re one of those people who just