Belfast Telegraph

Survey: Christmas holiday too long

The Christmas holiday is too long, almost half of workers questioned for a new survey believe.

Some 977 employees were questioned in the first two weeks of the month, with 46% complaining the festive break stretched out too far.

And 34% admit they would be happy to be working.

Alan Price, Peninsula Ireland managing director, said Christmas can prove costly and some would prefer to make money rather than spend it.

"By shortening the Christmas holiday, employees would not only be saving money, but also gaining money by working the extra hours," Mr Price said.

"Christmas is not only a strain financially, but can also prove quite stressful and sticking to a normal routine, such as working, can help alleviate this stress.

"With many companies working to tighter deadlines in the current climate, an extensive Christmas break is also seen by many employees as a distraction from getting their work done on time."

He claimed that working during Christmas would allow employees, worried about job security, to impress their bosses.

The survey was carried out by telephone and in person between December 1 and 15.

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