Slackers’ Christmas stress
DECEMBER is officially the slackest, yet most stressful month of the year at work.
Wellness and resilience experts say productivity levels can drop by almost 40 per cent in the weeks leading up to Christmas, while stress levels can increase by 66 per cent.
Gina Brooks, who runs training provider Training x Design, said workplace studies consistently show productivity dips as stress levels rise.
“As Christmas approaches, it is not just work that people have to worry about but all the personal stuff as well – getting gifts bought, preparing for Christmas Day,” she said. “It all goes together … stress goes up, so productivity goes down.”
Workskil Australia’s Liana Reinhardt agreed the festive season can be a stressful time in the workplace. “It can be very hard to leave personal life pressures at the work door.”