Christmas Party 'Sickie' Hangovers Will Cost The UK Economy £620
Million This Festive Season
Christmas party season will be in full swing this week, with 65% of
workers attending on average 2 work events over the next few days.
However this revelry will cost the UK economy £620 million, due to
hung-over Britons pulling a ‘Hangover Sickie’- according to new
research out by Travelodge.
The poll of 6,000 adults revealed British workers predict that their
productivity will halve in the lead-up to Christmas. On average they
will spend 3 hours and 5 minutes just staring into space; due to a
raging hangover – after their annual Christmas party.
Further findings revealed despite the recession, 38% of UK
businesses are paying for their employees Christmas party this year.
Whilst 31% of respondents stated they are paying out of their own
pockets for their Christmas bash this year. (In 2009 - 45% of
UK companies paid for their employees Christmas party and 25% of
workers had to pay for their own Christmas party). 26% of
British workers reported as a result of the stresses of 2010 they
are more likely to get more drunk than usual at their Christmas
party this year.
Employees will drink on average 7.3 units of alcohol at their
Christmas party; men plan to drink an average of 9.6 units, nearly 3
times the recommended limit for men of 3 to 4 units per day. Women
say they are likely to drink an average of 5.6 units -well over
twice the recommended daily limit of 2 to 3 units.
Further research findings revealed a quarter of British workers have
called in ‘sick’ due to a hangover even though one in ten callers
were convinced their boss knew they were pulling a fast one. Only
10% of respondents stated they have been honest and told their boss
they cannot come into work due to a raging hangover. The top 3
illnesses Brits will use as a cover-up for a hangover in order to
pull a ‘sickie day are; they have got food poisoning, they have a
24- hour bug / virus or they are suffering from a migraine.
Hung-over workers should expect ‘no sympathy’ from colleagues as 30%
of respondents reported they get annoyed, when a team member is off
due to a self inflicted illness resulting from a ‘night out’.
Worryingly 26% of respondents admitted to driving into work despite
having a severe hangover and freely admitted that they could well be
over the legal drink and driving limit. Once at work,
kipping is high on the agenda for ‘fragile’ workers as 46% of
respondents admitted to a catnap at work after a ‘big night out’.
The top five locations for a sneaky kip at work are:
1. At the desk or under the desk
2. In the toilets
3. In the car
4. In the staff room / canteen
5. In the board room or stationery cupboard
25% of respondents also stated they have managed to drag themselves
into work after a heavy night out and pretended to be sick, so that
they could be sent home to bed to nurse their hangover.
The Travelodge poll also revealed the top remedies Brits take to
combat a hangover in the workplace. The top five cures being:
1. Sneaky catnap at work
2. Full English breakfast
4. Coke Cola (full fat version)
5. Hair of the dog
Leigh McCarron, Travelodge Sleep Director said:- “The office
Christmas party is a longstanding British institution. After what
has been a stressful year for many it’s understandable; workers want
to let their hair down this festive season. To ensure productivity
levels remain high in the lead up to Christmas, it’s vital workers
ensure they are getting a good night’s sleep as part of their
festive line up of activities. Working and playing hard will
unsettle your sleep pattern and although one night’s of lost sleep
is no big deal but two or three nights; can create an unhealthy
deficit towards your well being and affect your decision-making
Its not just sleep that can cure the effects of a big night out,
it’s also what you do before and after. Avoid drinking alcohol three
hours before bed. While it does make you sleepy, it interferes with
your quality of sleep. Always drink plenty of water before going to
bed and first thing in the morning and eat a healthy breakfast."
The research also revealed 20% of British workers have taken a day’s
holiday after their Christmas work’s bash this year - so that they
can nurse their hangover guilt free. For the annual Christmas
office party this year, women will be splashing out on average
£76.50 on a new frock and £41.22 on new shoes to go with it.
Listed below are range of tried and tested hangover cures by
“My perfect hangover cure is putting a scraping of vegemite
and grated cheese on toast and then grilling it”
Kylie Minogue:- Favourite hangover cure - It has to be egg sandwiches. I love
Favourite hangover cure is “Prairie Oyster” which
consists of an egg yolk, tabasco, worcester sauce, brandy and
vinegar - you have to swallow it down in one gulp.
Dermot O’Leary:- “My hangovers get worse the older I get, so the only way to
get over a hangover is to stay horizontal the next day”.
Marco Pierre White:- “I have a late night curry after a few pints to protect
against getting a terrible hangover the next day "
"If I do get a hangover I drink loads of water and eat every
hour. I also take a vitamin B supplement called Berocca".
Will Mellor:- “Take a 2-litre bottle of water to bed with you and sip it
throughout the night."
Scoop Top Business Award
2 brothers from Southport have
been crowned the Wigan and Greater Manchester ‘Entrepreneurs of the
Year 2010’ at the Manchester Chamber of Commerce Business Awards.
Tom and Richard Cropper, who were born and bred in Southport, fought
off stiff competition from the four shortlisted companies to scoop
the top honour for Farmshed, their organic home delivery company.
The brothers founded the business in
December 2007 and have seen rapid growth in the first three years of
trading. Based in Wigan, The Farmshed provides customers with
organic, farm fresh fruit and vegetables, organically reared meat
and sustainably sourced fish. The company also offers a wide array
of products from beer and cider to baby food – all of which is
delivered directly to customers’ doors in re-useable boxes.
The judges were particularly impressed with the ethical approach
that The Farmshed applies in its business. Coupled with its
innovative and flexible franchise offering, the entrepreneurs have
enabled growth, which has far surpassed the industry.
The start of The Farmshed’s franchise network has enabled the
business to grow into new territories and increase employment across
all areas of the company. It has also given new opportunities to
people who may have been made redundant due to the recession.
Tom Cropper, commercial director, said:- “We’re extremely
proud to have been recognised for our efforts of the last three
years and we’d like to thank our dedicated team and all our loyal
customers for their support.”
Caught out by the
energy price hikes? Now’s the time to cash in on green power
ENERGY price hikes are hitting
home just as we brace ourselves for the next round of winter snow
and blizzards. So it may seem strange to be thinking about solar
power but this proven technology is the best way to keep your bills
under control in the future and to get some cash back from the
government. Homeowners who have already installed solar panels have
been benefiting from free electricity and getting the first
quarterly- or half-yearly payments under the Government’s Feed-in
Anyone with a broadly south-facing and sloping roof all over the
country may well find that their homes are suitable for PV panels
because the panels are driven by solar energy, and do not need
direct sunshine. So now is the time to think seriously about joining
the green revolution, according to The Low Carbon Energy Company.
The Scheme, introduced on 1 April, pays homeowners for the energy
they produce for their own use and that which they contribute to the
National Grid. Electricity generated by PV panels is free but has to
be used at the time it is produced and cannot be stored. So it is
logical that any power that cannot not be used by homeowners is
exported to the National Grid, where it can to contribute to the
UK’s overall reduction in carbon emissions.
The Government makes the decision to install panels easier, even
when a loan is needed to fund the initial installation, because the
Feed-in Tariff system is guaranteed for 25 years and will generate a
healthy profit over the long term. Not surprisingly, there have been
an estimated 6,000 PV panel installations under the scheme to date.
“Tariff rates are at their most attractive at the moment, but
are scheduled for review in two years time, so now is the time to
act and secure the best return on your investment. We calculate that
a PV panel installation can return as much as 9% over the long term,
a far better investment than an ISA or National Savings – and you
start to see the money within a few months. The rate you agree with your
local utility company will apply over the full 25 years and will be
indexed in line with inflation, so now is a good time to find out if
PV panels are right you.” says Richard
Garth-Jones of renewable energy advisers and installers The Low
Carbon Energy Company.
The Low Carbon Energy Company has a geographical information system
that enables it to give you an instant answer on whether or not your
home is suitable for PV panels. Visit them on their
Snow brings added
dangers to horses
HORSE owners need to be aware of
the danger posed by poisonous tree branches becoming within reach
because of heavy snow fall. The warning comes from The British Horse
Society, following the tragic death of a horse in Scotland as a
result of yew poisoning. Sue Kilby, Welfare Representative on the
BHS Scotland Committee, explains:- “A heavy fall of snow can
change the configuration of tree lines and woods and hungry, curious
equines will snatch at any foliage that comes within reach. We would
urge all horse owners to be alert to this unexpected sort of danger
– fallen electrical cables are another hazard that we need to look
out for in this type of weather.” For more information on
keeping you and your horse safe this winter please visit the BHS
website. In particular a list
of commonly found toxic trees is available from the BHS pasture
management advisory leaflet available on that site.