Slack­ers’ Christ­mas stress

Sunday Tasmanian - - News -

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.”

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