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.

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.

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Zen Terrelonge

Zen Terrelonge is the former deputy editor of Real Business. His areas of interest included media, innovation, technology and the digital sector.

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