HR & Management

The best and worst aspects of working over Christmas

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14 December 2016

Former deputy editor

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.

For business leaders and entrepreneurs, working over Christmas is somewhat unavoidable. That’s also the case if you’re an employee too, as 44 per cent of Brits have said they too will be working over Christmas.

The findings are from CV-Library, which also revealed that just 35.3 per cent enjoy working during the festive season.

This suggests that bosses must do more to ensure that working over Christmas doesn’t leave recruits with a bad taste in their mouths.

In fact, some 70.6 per cent of respondents said businesses based around an office should be closed over Christmas.

Lee Biggins, founder and MD of CV-Library, said: “While having to work over Christmas can be frustrating for employees; the reality is that many businesses offer services which can’t come to a halt.”

While this may be the case, he noted that companies should strive to make things more enjoyable for those who are working over Christmas, changing policies accordingly.

“For example; why not make the workplace a bit more fun by organising team events, implementing more flexible working hours, or allowing staff to wear Christmas jumpers,” suggested Biggins.

“It’s clearly not everyone’s cup of tea, but giving the option can go a long way to making an employee feel more positive about spending their Christmas at work.”

Continue on the next page for the full rundown of what employees consider the best and worst parts of working over Christmas.

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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