Christmas is a time of the year that many workers look forward to as they get a few days off.
The chance to relax and spend some quality time with the family is one that is taken for granted by many. However, analysis from the Trades Union Congress (TUC) shows there is an increasingly high number of individuals who find themselves in the office on December 25th.
It found that between 2004 and 2010 – the most recent year for which official data is available – the number of people working on Christmas Day rose by 78 per cent. Some 171,877 individuals had to go about their day job in 2010, compared with just 96,326 six years earlier.
This represents an 88 per cent increase in the number of men working on December 25th and a 70 per cent hike for women. However, this does not have to be the way, as people can still conduct their roles while at home.
If businesses make use of free conference call software, then individuals would be able to take part in any important meetings, without having to go into the office. On top of this, it is a much more cost-effective way of staying in touch, especially over the festive period when premium rates of employment may need to be paid.
Staff morale is also likely to increase thanks to the flexibility organisations will be able to show by encouraging such technology to be used.
TUC general secretary Brendan Barber said: "There has been a significant increase in the number of people working on Christmas Day in recent years, reflecting the changing nature of the way we live our lives.
"We should all spare a thought for the people … who will be hard at work while we're opening our presents, messing about with our new gadgets, tucking into our turkey dinners, sipping a glass of sherry and relaxing with our families."
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