Work dampens festive family time

19-12-2007

Work dampens festive family time
More than half a million business workers will miss Christmas Day with their family this year due to pressures at work, a new study has revealed.

While employees such as doctors and nurses will work over the festive period a survey by Clydesdale Bank found that pressures in the business place will also see one in ten businessmen and women in work.

Eleven per cent of workers questioned in the poll of 500 businesses said they have missed Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve due to work commitments.

"If there was one day in the year that you’d expect most people to put work to one side, it would surely be Christmas Day, but these findings are testament to the fact that Brits just don't know when to say stop when it comes to work," said Mike Williams, Clydesdale Bank's business banking general manager.

"It is acknowledged that the UK has a culture of working longer hours than virtually all of its European counterparts, but nonetheless it's astounding that so many business people still appear to miss what is traditionally one of the most important family holidays of the year."

People in the East Midlands were found to miss family events the most, with 23 per cent having missed Christmas Day in the past.

Yorkshire families appear to be most likely to be together this season, as just three per cent of the workers surveyed said they had missed Christmas Day or New Year's Eve.

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