More Than One-Third of Canadian Workers Surveyed Jollier on the Job During the Holiday Season; Similar Numbers Are Also More Stressed
- Balancing year-end festivities and work obligations biggest stressor for workers
- More flexible work schedules, higher year-end bonuses top professionals’ wish lists
Toronto, ON — ‘Tis the season to be jolly – off and on the clock. In a recent survey of Canadian professionals from staffing firm Accountemps, more than a third (36 per cent) said they are more cheerful at work during the holidays. But many are also busier, with 30 per cent of respondents saying they are more stressed on the job this time of year.
What makes workers weary during the most wonderful time of the year? Professionals polled cited balancing holiday events and work obligations (33 per cent), having fewer people on the job to help (20 per cent), and trying to take time off and coming back to heavy workloads (17 per cent) as the most stressful aspects of the holiday season.
As for the gift that would bring the most cheer, professionals cited allowing more flexible work schedules (30 per cent), higher year-end bonuses (27 per cent) and additional paid vacation time (23 per cent).
View an infographic with the survey findings.
“Preparing for the holidays and juggling year-end responsibilities at work can make this a busy and stressful time for employees,” said Dianne Hunnam-Jones, Canadian president of Accountemps. “To ensure business continues to run smoothly, employers should consult their teams to see how they can alleviate pressure, and consider providing additional resources to cover for vacations, or allow for flexible work schedules."
As the holidays approach, Accountemps offers the following tips to prevent on-the-job fatigue:
- Make a list and check it twice. Before leaving work, write down top priorities to accomplish the next day. Keep a separate list for personal to-do’s. This will help you manage priorities, improve productivity and reduce stress during the holidays.
- Look for helpers. If you’re buried with too many projects, speak up. Meet with your manager to discuss possible solutions to alleviate the pressure you’re feeling, such as adjusting deadlines or delegating.
- Give yourself the gift of time. Plan for time out of the office, and help your boss prepare for your absence so all important projects are covered. Think about ways you can minimize your stress level, such as leaving a little early to get holiday shopping done.
- Eat, exercise and be merry. It’s impossible to enjoy the holiday season if you don’t prioritize your physical and mental health. Take regular breaks during the day to refuel, rest or stretch.
About the Survey
An independent research firm surveyed more than 550 workers from Canada to determine employee happiness during the holiday season, as well as the impact of holiday stress.
For further information contact: Naz Araghian, (416) 865-2140, [email protected]