Almost intuitively, some businesses shut down and send everyone home as the end of the year approaches. Those that do might actually open the New Year as happier, healthier places to work, simply because they avoided the workplace stress mess that typically occurs around the holidays.
Virgin Pulse has attempted to quantify the level of stress employees experience during the holiday season, and the results of Virgin’s survey support sending the troops home for the holidays. Folks will still be stressed there, but at least they won’t be bringing their anxiety to work, where it takes a toll in lost productivity and behavior detrimental to company morale.
If you can’t afford to send ’em home early, the wise manager might decide to find ways to let younger workers — read: millennials — spend less time on the job. The Virgin survey found younger workers reported much higher levels of stress than their elders, mainly because they were worried about getting ready for the holidays and couldn’t keep their heads in the business game as well as more experienced workers.
Overall, the responses from more than 1,000 survey participants found 70 percent of employees feel more stressed during the holidays than during the rest of the year. One in 10 of these respondents said their stress levels were between 60 percent and 100 percent higher than normal. And two-thirds of them said the stress proves to be distracting at work, enough so that the work that’s being done may not measure up to the usual standards.