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Stress 'could increase' over festive period

24 December 2012

A large number of British employees will find that Christmas offers little respite from workplace stress, according to a new report.

Research from health cash plan provider Medicash found that 27 per cent of people are worried that work will cause them to miss out on festivities, while 23 per cent are concerned that thoughts of work could interrupt their celebrations.

Overall, 73 per cent of people are worried that work will spoil their Christmas cheer.

The survey of more than 1,000 employees also discovered that people with jobs in the IT and telecoms sector are most likely to have to work over the festive period.

Chief executive of Medicash Sue Weir described the findings as "very troubling".

She added: "Many people not only feel pressured to take on extra work to pay for Christmas, but also feel an inability to relax and switch off over the holiday period."

Ms Weir said employers must not make "unrealistic demands" on their staff at Christmas, with workplace stress affecting more than 400,000 people in the UK each year.

Concateno, the drug and alcohol testing firm, recently urged businesses to be aware of the issues that Christmas drinking can cause in the workplace.

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