Why workers hate the holidays

December 12, 2017

Yes, we know: ‘Tis the season to be jolly. However, some workers may not get with the program. Indeed, the website Appreciation at Work conducted a poll of over 2,800 U.S. workers just before Thanksgiving to ask them what they  disliked most about the holidays—and traffic (47%) and extra expenses (41%) led the list.

Other annoyances of the season included gaining weight (32%), expectations to buy others gifts (30%), general “busyness” (29%) and coming up with gift ideas (27%).

As for issues in the office, itself, that employees complained about:

  • Pressure to get year-end tasks done (33%);
  • “White Elephant” gift exchanges (33%);
  • Expectations to buy gifts for colleagues or supervisors (27%);
  • Required participation in “Secret Santa” gift exchanges (25%);
  • Having to work during the holidays (24%); and
  • Having to attend an after-hours holiday celebration (23%).

Finally, many employees mention that they resent having to celebrate Christmas when they are from different religious backgrounds. They also report embarrassing experiences during Secret Santa gift-giving sessions!

Research contact: admin@appreciationatwork.com

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