“It’s the most wonderful time of the year…It's the hap-happiest season of all.” The holidays are a magical time full of cheer and happiness. But with all of that joy also comes the numerous uninvited distractions for employees of all ages.
According to a Care.com 2015 member survey, 45 percent of respondents reported feeling less focused on their jobs during the holidays. There is so much going on it’s hard to blame them.
Here are 12 reasons your employees are distracted this holiday season through our favorite holiday carols:
- “Let's take that road before us, And sing a chorus or two”
Planning travel, buying plane tickets, and preparing for time off are all stressful time-suckers.
- “Thoughts of joy and hope and cheer, But mostly shopping, shopping, shopping”
Online shopping is a much more popular option this year than going to a crowded mall. Unfortunately, it’s happening at work- 59 percent of respondents copped to shopping online while at work … and 31 percent admitted to doing it several times a week!
- “Oh this lovely, lovely Chanukah, So drink your gin and tonicah”
Office holiday parties are awesome- a chance to let loose, have fun with co-workers, and celebrate the end of the year. They also lead to many conversations prior like what to wear and when to arrive, and after to chat about who had a little too much to drink this year.
- “And when those blue snowflakes start falling”
It seems like this time every year a bad cold wreaks havoc on the office, with different people out sick every week. Not to mention the bugs going around children’s schools!
- “With the kids jingle belling”
School vacations are the bane of working parents. Vacation weeks are the busiest times for Care@Work clients who use our BackupCare services. But for those without an employer-provided care benefit, it's a huge challenge to piece together childcare options for those two week gaps when their children are out of school.
- “Let's have a party, We'll all dance the hora”
I can’t count the number of people I know throwing some sort of holiday get together. The stress and planning can eek into the work day.
- “Jingle Bells”
Honestly, I’m listening to Christmas music 24/7 now, and that includes at work. Sometimes I’ll catch myself singing along and daydreaming when I should be focusing.
- “Oh the weather outside is frightful”
This is especially bad in the North. From having to unexpectedly scrape ice of the windshield to a random snow storm that keeps people working from home, weather is a major distraction this time of year.
- “Let it snow, let it snow!”
Snow days are great for kids, but not for working parents. Just ask any Massachusetts mom or dad, who witnessed the record snowfall two winters ago. When school is closed and you have no backup child care, you’re left only with the choice to call into work and tell them you can’t make it.
- “From Atlantic to Pacific, gee, the traffic is terrific”
The traffic is definitely not terrific…with people traveling and the always delightful ice-y roads, it can be a pain getting to and from the office.
- “Good friends and family here to try, Our latke recipe”
Family coming to visit is a huge ordeal, from cleaning the house and decorating to picking them up at the airport and cooking holiday dinners. When you have that much going on, it’s hard not to get distracted.
- “He sees you when you're sleeping, he knows when you’re awake”
It gets light later and dark earlier. If this doesn’t put you in a sleepy, less-productive daze, I don’t know what will.
Thankfully companies can really help employees around the holidays by offering incredibly useful BackupCare and other Care@Work benefits that alieve some of the stress and distraction surrounding the winter months.