The survey revealed that just over 50% of UK workers are planning to take time off this Christmas with 38.5% of those doing so purely to make up for spending Christmas in lockdown in 2020. Workers want to make the most of the festive season and spend time with family, friends and loved ones, having been denied the opportunity in 2020.
Of the 2,000 respondents, 74% reported that they are not offered any incentive to work over the Christmas period with 55% admitting that they really don’t enjoy working at this time.
Respondents were asked what the pros and cons were and CV-Library has exclusively revealed the results:
Worst things about working over Christmas (based on top three answers)
- 77% Missing out on spending time with family and friends
- 22% Missing out on Christmas parties
- 22% Having to stay in the festive spirit, even though you’d rather be at home
- 20% Irritable/stressed customers and clients
- 17% Working longer hours
Best things about working over Christmas (based on top 3 answers)
- 40% Christmas bonuses
- 33% Christmas music
- 28% A more relaxed working environment
- 25% Staff social events
- 4% Jolly customers
Secret Santa has also been impacted by the pandemic. A mere 27% of professionals say they will be playing the game in their workplace this year, with 23% admitting they used to, but have stopped since the onset of the pandemic.
Lee Biggins, Founder and CEO of CV-Library commented: “Profits are vital, but a balance is required. The commitment and efforts of staff are key to success, and acknowledgment of this has never been more crucial. With staff retention a big issue, and much movement predicted for the 2022 job market, staff need to feel appreciated, motivated, and able to enjoy the festive period this year, where possible.”