The best and worst aspects of working over Christmas

Almost half of British employees will be working over Christmas, so as a warning to you, the employers, here’s what staff consider the best and worst parts of being on the job around the big day.

While Biggins previously suggested that companies should lighten the mood at work around Christmas, 86.9 per cent of workers said their employers do not offer incentives to get the job done over the period.

Some 76 per cent added that there are no perks either, with the idea of bonuses and the like non-existent. But those who did, noted things such as lieu time, Christmas grub and double pay.

So when it comes to working over Christmas, the best and worst parts are:

The best part about working over Christmas

The worst part about working over Christmas

A more relaxed working environment (38.3%)

Missing out on time with family (76.1%)

Christmas bonuses (29.3%)

There’s little to do as work is quiet (25.4%)

Flexible working hours (26.1%)

Working longer hours (19.3%)

Christmas music played in the workplace (24%)

Irritable / stressed customers and clients (18.6%)

A more casual / festive dress code (22.3%)

Having to listen to Christmas songs (15.6%)

Jolly customers (21.9%)

Missing out on Christmas parties (13.3%)

Staff Christmas social events (18.6%)

Being made to wear festive clothing (6.4%)

Secret Santa with colleagues (16.8%)

Having to train temporary Christmas staff (3.1%)


Biggins added: “In an ideal world, businesses should be rewarding staff for taking time away from their family to work over Christmas. Whether that’s letting them leave a few hours earlier, or giving the time back in the following months, these efforts should be made to show you appreciate your dedicated employees.”

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Zen Terrelonge

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