But ironically, it is precisely the holiday season that is one of the most unbearable times of the year for professionals, according to new research finds.
A study from licensed psychologist and consultant Paul White found holiday gift-giving is what really aggravates employees.
The research revealed that getting gifts for co-workers and bosses is the most hated holiday workplace practice for 70% of employees.
This included 23% of workers who detest “white elephant” gift exchanges, 21% who loathe “secret Santa” exchanges, and 22% who don’t like that they’re expected to buy gifts for co-workers and bosses at all.
Gift giving, however, wasn’t the only celebration aspect of the holidays that employees detest.
The study discovered that 20% of workers don’t enjoy having to attend after-hours holiday parties, with 18% saying they don’t like having to bring in food for holiday luncheons.
Almost three out of 10 (28%) of the 1,200 respondents polled also stated they disliked the holiday season due to the pressure to get year-end work tasks done.
“No one will ever get the holiday celebration 100% right. You can’t please everyone,” White stated.
He added employers have several ways to prevent their employees from adopting a “hate the holidays” attitude.
“The holiday party should not be marred by discussions about performance or job tasks. It should be a time to celebrate the good and get to know the people you work with in a different, celebratory context,” he said.
He also suggested bosses should considering leaving ample time for employees to work on the extra year-end tasks.
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