Many people taking less time off, spending more time taking care of family: Survey
Many people will have a less festive holiday season this year compared to a year ago, according to a LinkedIn survey.
Thanks to COVID-19 safety concerns and public health restrictions, nearly nine in 10 (88 per cent) of Canadian workers will be spending less time travelling while 55 per cent will be taking less time off.
Meanwhile, 31 per cent of respondents say they will be spending more time working on their primary job over the holidays, compared to 17 per cent who will be spending less time doing that and 53 per cent doing the same, finds the survey of 1,000 Canadians.
To celebrate the holidays, one Vancouver-based company is holding a virtual Secret Santa event this year.
And 40 per cent of respondents to the LinkedIn survey say they will spend more time taking care of children or elderly family members (compared to 16 per cent who will be doing less) while 43 per cent will be spending more time doing household chores (compared to six per cent who will be doing less).
Some 65 per cent of employed workers also say they’d been somewhat or very stressed about their work entering the holiday season, finds the survey.
As the weather gets colder and thoughts turn to celebrating the holidays, employers can help stressed-out employees feel a little more festive, according to Nani Vishwanath, people team manager at employee experience software company Limeade in Seattle.