Today's the day we officially start winding down for Christmas
A survey of more than 2,000 people reveals that, as Christmas creeps ever closer, 57% of employees admit to having a whole raft of distractions from their everyday work duties.
Two in five people (42%) confess to clocking off to Christmas shop online, a third (35 per cent) say they’re planning Christmas Day and almost one in three (30%) are planning their Christmas break instead.
One in six (16%) confess to indulging in the odd Christmas tipple on the job - with men twice as likely to take advantage of a festive drink than women (22% and 11% respectively).
17% of those surveyed leave work earlier than usual, and one in 10 (12%) take longer lunches. A small percentage (4%) confess to calling in sick.
When asked why they’d slacked off, one in five (21%) respondents said they were simply ‘too excited’ to focus.
A third (32%) said they had too much to plan ahead of Christmas Day, 21% admitted feeling ‘burnt-out’, and a fifth (19%) said workplace festivities such as Secret Santa or the office party are to blame.
One in three (32%) said it was simply the case that business has slowed down and there’s less work to do at this time of year.
Dan Rogers, co-founder of Peakon.com, which commissioned the research, said: “I think it’s fair to say that the great Christmas ‘click-off’ is well and truly a thing, with a silent agreement in most workplaces that productivity takes a hit at this time of year.
"As a business, the worst thing you can do is bury your head in the sand; it pays to try to understand what is going on. Acknowledge that this dip is inevitable and plan around it.
"Think of it as good time to regroup as a team, gather feedback on the progress you have made during the year, and plan how you will continue in January.
"Most businesses, with the exception of retail, experience a slow down around this time of year anyway, so trust your team and let them relax a little.
"Many employees are unlikely to have taken a break since summer, and will be more prone to burnout. If you look after the wellbeing of your team, you’ll ultimately get the best out of them.”