It was suggested that the biggest cause of stress, identified by 43 per cent of employees, will be readjusting after taking time off. However, for 31 per cent the main worry will be catching up with work backlogs caused by having to take time off.Furthermore, 25 per cent will be battling financial pressures caused by Christmas spending. MetLife suggested older workers were likely to find the return to work the least stressful – around two out of five employees aged 55-plus said they didn’t worry about going back to work. This falls to around one in five employees aged between 18 and 34. Tom Gaynor, employee benefits director of MetLife UK, said: “Making the most of time away from work is important and employees need to be able to relax. Of course it is a bit of a shock to the system having to go back to routines after holidays but readjusting should not be a cause of stress and worry. However, it seems it is a concern for many people as they worry about catching up with backlogs at work. “Workplace stress is a major issue for employers and employees and it has a real impact on business performance.” Read more about holidays:
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