Do your staff switch off at Christmas?

A third of employees plans to make themselves available to work during their Christmas holidays sparking concerns that workers could carry worrying burnout levels into the new year.

A study of over 2,000 UK office workers revealed a worrying disconnect between bosses and employees on work expectations during the Christmas period.

83% of UK managers polled, said they encourage their employees to switch off during the holiday season. But, despite this, a third of employees plan to be online and available to work during the holiday season – even when they have time off.

Almost 2 in 5 employees who are available for work will check in on Christmas Eve—even though it falls on a Saturday this year. What’s more, nearly 1 in 5 plan to check their work messages on Boxing Day, and 1 in 10 will even do so on Christmas Day!

This indicates that employees may be struggling to disconnect despite having time off.  Business leaders should emphasise the message that time off means just that – and communicate effectively that there is no expectation to check email when not working. Equally those same business leaders should try to refrain from sending emails to their team during time off – even if they don’t expect them to be read!

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