Why Workers Are Overwhelmed by Holiday Pressures

By Dennis McCafferty  |  Posted 12-08-2015 Email

Is this the most wonderful time of the year—or the most stressful? It seems that both descriptions apply, as a significant share of U.S. workers say they're under too much pressure to buy holiday gifts for pretty much everybody at the office, according to a recent survey from Spherion. As a result, employees say they're cutting back on gift-giving across the board. (That includes presents for CIOs and other bosses.) Another source of potential friction: the manner in which the season is celebrated, as many professionals prefer an inclusive approach, so no one feels left out based upon their religious or cultural beliefs. "While many offices and their workers want to acknowledge the holiday season within the workplace, many are struggling to find the right balance in making sure all employees feel comfortable and can enjoy celebrating," said Sandy Mazur, a division president at Spherion. "As the holiday season draws closer, it's important for companies and their workers to be transparent and set ground rules for gift giving, decor and events that match their office culture, while also promoting the fun and camaraderie (at) this time of year." More than 1,000 U.S. workers took part in the research, which was conducted by Harris Poll.

Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.


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