Why Workers Are Overwhelmed by Holiday Pressures

 
 
By Dennis McCafferty  |  Posted 12-08-2015 Email
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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    Why Workers Are Overwhelmed by Holiday Pressures

    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.
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    Seasonal Stress
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    Seasonal Stress

    41% of U.S. workers say there's too much pressure to buy holiday gifts for colleagues, bosses and many others.
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    Peer-to-Peer
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    Peer-to-Peer

    Just 31% plan to give to co-workers at their level, down from 38% last year.
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    Managerial Restraint

    Only 28% expect to give a gift to their boss, down from 34% in 2014.
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    Cut-Off Colleagues
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    Cut-Off Colleagues

    Just 19% intend to give to other colleagues, down from 24% a year ago.
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    Inclusive Inclination

    Among those who plan to buy gifts for people at work, 44% would still give gifts to those who do not celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah or Kwanzaa to make them feel included.
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    51% say their company will celebrate the holiday season as an office, with 58% saying their employer typically acknowledges specific holidays between Thanksgiving and New Year's Day.
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    About one-of-five say their organization will host a non-denominational holiday party this year.
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    44% would prefer their company to host a general end-of-year celebration that isn't specific to religious or cultural beliefs.
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    55% feel that the purpose of an office holiday celebration is to thank employees for their work throughout the year.
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    18% say their company isn't planning to celebrate the holidays this year because—at least in part—employees are too spread out and there's no single, central location to have a party.
 

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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