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A third of office workers expect to work on Christmas Day

A third of office workers expect to log on to work and check emails on Christmas Day, according to research carried out by TLF Research for technology firm eShare.

Almost half (47%) expect to work and check email on Christmas Eve and 20% said they would log on to work every day of the Christmas holidays.

14% said they worked at Christmas because they get bored, while 15% said working gives them a chance to sneak away from their family for a bit

Highlighting the ‘always on’ culture we live in, 44% of office workers said it was less relaxing for them to be unaware of what might be happening at work, 40% said it was vital they knew of anything important going in the business, while 10% said they enjoy work and don’t feel the need to take a complete break.

Some workers felt working over the festive period was expected of them as 35% said their clients expect them to be available over Christmas and 36% said other colleagues expected it of them.

“While business certainly slows down at Christmas, modern businesses trade all over the world and with many countries and cultures not celebrating Christmas, it stands reason certain people within an organisation will need to be contactable and on top of anything that might be happening,” said Alister Esam, CEO, eShare. “Most frequently it will be the business owners or board level executives at large firms that feel the need to stay in touch, but there are ways to manage Christmas work so that it doesn’t become all consuming.”

“Perhaps ringfence some time each day to check emails if required, or even try and work offline, catching up on work reading and making edits and annotations to reports and documents that will show up later. Being online can be distracting at the best of times, so working offline means you avoid that distraction and aren’t tempted to respond to non-urgent emails as and when they arrive.”

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