A new study reveals that the majority of UK professionals aren’t given sufficient time off at Christmas, despite believing businesses should shut down entirely.
Research from CV-Library shows that 40 per cent of UK businesses only close for the bare minimum of two bank holidays over Christmas.
However, 63.9 per cent of workers think businesses should shut down for a longer period.
In addition, more than a quarter of employees (26.1 per cent) are not allowed to take time off at all over Christmas, with 38.9 per cent of workers forced to use their holiday allowance toward additional Christmas leave.
Despite wanting more time off over the Christmas period, workers understand that many small businesses are unable to shut down entirely. When asked what should be done when a business cannot close for Christmas, 83.9 per cent of respondents believe small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) should make a bigger effort to embrace the Christmas spirit.
CV-Library founder Lee Biggins says, ‘It’s not realistic for every business to close their doors over the Christmas period, but there are plenty of other ways SMEs can offer a bit of festive cheer to their employees this year.
‘Allow employees the freedom to decorate their working space, invest in a few advent calendars for each team or organise a Secret Santa among workers.’
Luckily for workers, 37.2 per cent of UK businesses are already engaging its employees with ‘Secret Santa’ during Christmas.
Some 82 per cent of professionals believe that it is a fun activity when everything goes smoothly; however they do admit to a few challenges posed by hosting an office Secret Santa.
People not wanting to take part is the biggest issue (29.8 per cent), with people not liking the person they are buying for (17.3 per cent), people buying inappropriate gifts for the office (11.6 per cent), and people spending over budget (9.2 per cent) posing further problems.
Biggins says, ‘Adding some festive fun to the office is a great way to improve spirits and keep productivity levels up, especially if staff would rather be home with family than in the office.
‘Just make sure no one is forced to participate and there are reasonable controls in place to keep things professional.’