With Thanksgiving already around the corner, the holidays are the perfect time to relax, see family and friends, and indulge in all your favorite treats — but that doesn’t always make for smooth sailing at work.
So the holidays don’t do wonders for everyone’s mood. While 51% of respondents reported that they’re happier in the office when the holidays come around, 35% said their stress surges there at that time, according to the news release.
Researchers surveyed more than 2,700 employees employed in 27 major cities in the U.S. Here are some of the findings, and what can be done to ease stress around the holidays.
Here’s how American employees feel during the holidays
Respondents said the most stressful elements of working during such a festive time included returning from leisure time to a lot of assignments — plus the lack of employees to pick up the slack.
Accountemps also ranked major U.S. cities in terms of how cheerful and how stressed out their workforces are during the holidays.
San Francisco came in first as the happiest, with New York in second place and San Diego in third place. Cleveland and Philadelphia were the last happy, tied in twenty-sixth place.
Pittsburgh was the most stressed, with Philadelphia in second place, and both Cleveland and Salt Lake City tied for third place. San Francisco was the least stressed, in twenty-seventh place.
Here’s how workers and employers can make it through
Being strategic can go a long way.
Give employees a leg to stand on
Don’t stretch workers too thin — give them options and bring in extra support.