Wokers Are “Jollier on the Job” this Time of Year

More than half of workers recently polled said they are more cheerful at work during the holidays, staffing firm Accountemps reports.

But many are also busier, with 35 percent of respondents saying they are more stressed on the job this time of year.

What makes workers weary during the most wonderful time of the year?

Professionals polled cited balancing holiday events and work obligations (32 percent), taking time off and coming back to heavy workloads (23 percent), and having fewer people on the job to help (18 percent) as the most stressful aspects of the holiday season.

As for the gift that would bring the most cheer, professionals cited higher year-end bonuses (37 percent), more flexible work schedules (32 percent) and additional paid vacation time (17 percent).

Accountemps offers these holiday tips to prevent on-the-job fatigue:

  • Make a list and check it twice. Before leaving work, write down top priorities to accomplish the next day. Keep a separate list for personal to-dos. This will help you manage priorities, improve productivity and reduce stress during the holidays.
  • Look for helpers. If you’re buried with too many projects, speak up. Meet with your manager to discuss possible solutions to alleviate the pressure you’re feeling, such as adjusting deadlines or delegating.
  • Give yourself the gift of time. Plan for time out of the office, and help your boss prepare for your absence so all-important projects are covered. Think about ways you can minimize your stress level, such as leaving a little early to get holiday shopping done.
  • Eat, exercise and be merry. It’s impossible to enjoy the holiday season if you don’t prioritize your physical and mental health. Take regular breaks during the day to refuel, rest or stretch.

Also, don’t forget to spread some joy this season. Making others happy is itself the best source of your own happiness.

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