Opening Christmas presents, or opening your inbox?


Christmas is usually a time for catching up with friends, unwinding with a festive film and overindulging at dinner

52% of British workers will be checking their emails over the Christmas holidays
Three in 10 (29%) will check emails on Christmas Day
Working over Christmas may lead to stress and lower productivity, says JC Townend of Lee Hecht Harrison Penna
Christmas is usually a time for catching up with friends, unwinding with a festive film and overindulging at dinner. However, for over half of Brits the Christmas period also means replying to emails and catching up on work. New research (1) by Lee Hecht Harrison Penna, the global human capital consultancy, reveals 52% of workers will be checking their emails over Christmas. Furthermore, three in 10 (29%) say they will be checking emails on Christmas Day itself.

The majority of British workers cite negative reasons for why they clock in on over Christmas. Almost a quarter (23%) said they want to lessen their workload upon their return in January and almost the same percentage (22%) said they have work they need to finish. However, on a positive note one in five (20%) said they love their job and enjoy staying in the loop.

On average, those checking emails will spend one hour and 14 minutes in their inbox. However, it appears Mancunians are most eager to keep on top of work as they spend two hours and six minutes, almost an hour longer than the national average.

Women seem more prepared than men to put their foot down when it comes to banning work from turning up uninvited to their festive fun, with 38% of women saying they won’t be checking their work inbox at all compared to 31% of men surveyed.

Post by Katrina Rajah January 3 2019 Categories: News