Three in four workers “too stressed” in lead-up to festive period

Three in four UK employees say work-related stress will dampen their festive spirit over Christmas, according to a recent survey.

A poll of 1,000 workers from UK health cash plan provider Medicash found that 73 per cent are worried about work matters dominating their minds over Christmas. In addition, more than a quarter are worried they’ll have to work extra hours during the bank holiday.

Results cited by ftadviser.com indicate that one quarter of participants have every right to expect a few extra hours during their scheduled Christmas break. The survey showed that over half (50.5 per cent) had previously had their holiday interrupted by work, with 37 per cent saying this had occurred on more then one occasion.

The level of stress reported varied according to different sectors and regions, with those working for IT and Telecoms companies the most likely to work over Christmas. People working in retail (39.8 per cent) along with those in catering and leisure (39.4 per cent) also stood a high chance of receiving a work request.

Meanwhile those in the North of England were the most worried about the prospect of working over the holidays, indicating those with jobs in London and other regions further South could be experiencing lower levels of stress.

Sue Weir, chief executive officer of Medicash, told peoplemanagement.co.uk that employers must be made aware of the issue of workplace stress and make every effort to ease their demands on staff. 

“The results of the study are very troubling, showing that many people not only feel pressured to take on extra work to pay for Christmas, but also feel an inability to relax and switch off over the holiday period,” Weir said.        

by Richard Towey on December 18, 2012

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