A whopping 66% of the nations’s employees will be working over the Christmas period with 1 in 3 working on Christmas Day itself, according to a recent survey. For some, the thought of missing out on the brussel sprouts proves too much and nearly 20% admitted to having pulled a festive sickie. Have you been tempted? The chances are that if you work in recruitment or HR, you have done the opposite and volunteered to cover for a colleague with a young family.
Tessa Meadows Smith of RMS Recruitment is not surprised. “Our recruitment consultants look out for each other and if someone needs to spend more time with family, the others always step up to cover. “ While working on Christmas Day can seem a dismal prospect for some, for others being a good Samaritan can generate a sense of festive spirit in what is meant to be the season of giving and goodwill. And there are benefits to having the perfect excuse not to cook the Christmas dinner – you just turn up after a shorter day at work to enjoy the fruits of someone else’s labour!
Of course in London, many offices close between Christmas and New Year meaning London’s PAs and Secretaries finally get their well deserved break. However, if you are working at Christmas, it can feel a little lonely when the streets which have been bursting with revellers and shoppers for weeks are suddenly empty.
Tessa Meadows Smith advises those who are working to make the best of the quiet in the office to do those admin and file clearing type jobs which have been on your “to do” list for months. Or profit from the lack of distractions to initiate work on a project which requires total concentration. That way you will feel a sense of achievement rather than a sense of missing out (Top tip: don’t go on social media to find out what your friends on their skiing holiday are up to!)
Of course the prime benefit to working between Christmas and New Year is the glorious lunchtime shopping possibilities where the sales have begun on Oxford and Bond St, yet the shops are not yet heaving with bargain hunters. After all, if you are working, you deserve to treat yourself!
Please let us know if you are working over the Christmas period and especially if you are sacrificing your celebrations to enable a colleague to be with family. Tweet us your tips on making the best of working during the holiday period and we will reward you with a JL voucher to spend in the New Year. RMS Recruitment salutes the holiday workers!
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