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Home for the holidays?

Monday December 07, 2015 Written by  Retain Canada
Is it possible for employees to spend the last days of the year in a state of carefree holiday bliss?

Not necessarily, according to new research by staffing firm Robert Half. Forty-nine per cent of workers surveyed will work at least part of the week of Dec. 28 and plan to make good use of the time, with 78 per cent expecting to be productive. For staff taking time off, including those whose companies close for the week, 45 per cent plan to check in with the office.

More than 400 Canadian workers employed in office environments were surveyed by an independent research firm for the study. The poll was conducted in mid-November.

"Out-of-offices throughout the holiday season can make it very challenging for companies to remain productive and keep up with business demands leading up to December 31st," said Greg Scileppi, president of Robert Half, International Staffing Operations.

"It is critical that companies plan accordingly, and minimize downtime by proactively bringing on temporary staff throughout the holiday season," added Scileppi. "This will give employees the chance to enjoy a well-deserved break and boost morale going into the new year without derailing final projects or significantly impacting business growth."

The survey also found:

  • Thirty-eight per cent of Canadian workers are taking the entire week of Dec. 28 as vacation. Among this group, 56 per cent are taking the time off because their company closes for the week. More than three in five report this is paid time off and they don't need to take from their vacation time.
  • Forty-five per cent of employees will check in with the office if they're away. Men are more likely to check in than women. Seventy-five per cent of workers in Atlantic Canada plan to stay in touch – the highest percentage of any region.
  • Thirteen per cent of employees haven't solidified their plans for the last week of the year and don't know if they're taking time off.
  • Workers between the ages of 35 and 54 are more likely to report they'll be "very productive" in the final days of 2015. Their 32 per cent is followed closely by the 55 and over age group (30 per cent) and the 18 to 34 age group (19 per cent).

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