WINNIPEG – Productivity at work drops during the holiday season.
This according to a study that found there was a staggering 52 per cent drop in productivity between mid-December and the New Year.
Barbara Bowes, the president of Legacy Bowes Group and a human resources expert. She says a lot of people at her company are away around Christmas time.
“Pretty well all of December, at least two days a week we have people away who are maybe behind on their shopping or want to do their Christmas cooking,” she said. “So they’re taking their holidays before Christmas to catch up and they’re not at work.”
In order to stay more engaged, Bowes said employees should keep close tabs on schedules and deadlines. She also said employees tend to celebrate together at this time of year.
“You’re going to see people going out for lunch, going out for dinner, and Christmas parties,” she said. “Typically you’ll find organizations will make a lot of activities in the workplace.”
The study also showed that productivity is generally lowest on a Monday or Friday. Bowes added that the production drop won’t be as bad this year because Christmas falls on a weekend.