Workers 'too excited'
by Christmas to concentrate on the job
WELL over ½ of employed Brits (61%)
admit to being distracted at work by Christmas as early as November, according
to new research by HR analytics company Peakon.
A survey of more than 2000 people reveals that, for those of us who can hold our
attention until December, we can't wait much longer; with 18% of people saying
they start to get distracted by festivities on the 1st of the month.
As Christmas creeps ever closer, employees admit to a whole raft of distractions
from their everyday work duties.
42% of people confess to doing Christmas
shopping online, 35% say they're planning Christmas day and 30% are planning
their Christmas break instead.
16% confess to indulging in the odd Christmas tipple on the job; with men twice
as likely to take advantage of a festive drink than women (22% and 11%
17% of those surveyed leave work earlier than usual, and 12% take
longer lunches. A small percentage 4 confess to calling in sick.
When asked why they'd slacked off, 21% respondents said they were simply
'too excited' to focus. 32% said they had too much to plan ahead of Christmas
day, 21% admitted to feeling 'burnt out' and 19% said workplace
festivities such as Secret Santa or the office party were to blame.
32% said it
was simply the case that business has slowed down and there's less work to do at
this time of year.
To gauge when the disruption to businesses would become palpable, Peakon
conducted a follow up study of 3,000 UK workers and found that 57% admitted to
their productivity noticeably declining ahead of the final week before Christmas,
starting, on 18 Monday 2017.
Dan Rogers, co-founder of Peakon, which helps businesses to measure employee
engagement and retention, says:- "I think it's fair to say that the great
Christmas 'click-off' is well and truly a thing, with a silent agreement in most
workplaces that productivity takes a hit at this time of year. As a business,
the worst thing you can do is bury your head in the sand; it pays to try to
understand what is going on.
Acknowledge that this dip is inevitable and plan around it. Think of it as good
time to regroup as a team, gather feedback on the progress you have made during
the year, and plan how you will continue in January. Most businesses, with the
exception of retail, experience a slow down around this time of year anyway, so
trust your team and let them relax a little. Many employees are unlikely to have
taken a break since summer, and will be more prone to burnout. If you look after
the well-being of your team, you'll ultimately get the best out of them."
Some employers are tackling this head on. Online marketing agency Distilled has
offered employees Christmas shopping hours, whereby workers can take Friday
afternoon off if they make up the time during the week.
Distilled's CEO, Will Critchlow, says:- "A bit of distraction is
inevitable at this time of year. We're all human. So at Distilled, we don't try
to fight it too much; with flexibility for shopping, the odd long lunch, and
generally trusting the team to plan their time. We might take a bit of a hit at
this time of the year, but we trust our team and we know it balances out over
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Liverpool 2018 – 10 Years in the Making
FINAL plans are being put in place for
Liverpool to stage an ambitious and forward looking culture programme to mark
the 9th Anniversary of its reign as European Capital of Culture.
Details of Liverpool 2018, the year long celebration of the City's thriving
creative scene; will be announced in January. This will be when the City gears
up to once again step into the international spotlight and showcase its
extraordinary culture offer, while looking forward to the next decade of
► A number of major projects within the programme have already been announced
► China's 1st Emperor and the Terracotta Warriors; coming to the UK for the 1st time in a generation.
► The Three Festivals Tall Ships Regatta linking Liverpool, Dublin and Bordeaux
on 25 May to 28 May 2018.
► The finale of the Clipper Around the World Yacht Race which is set to race
back onto the Mersey in late July 2018.
► The Clothes Show which returns to the City for a 2nd year, from 19 October to 21
► Tate Liverpool's 30th Anniversary programme including an Egon Schiele
► Liverpool Biennial's 10th edition presenting leading visual artists from
across the world takes place over 15 weeks.
► Rewire - A major new art and technology commission led by FACT with Invisible
Flock, working with artists from across the globe and communities in Toxteth and
Alongside this, Liverpool 2018 will also showcase premieres across the worlds of
entertainment and sport, new major public artworks, some extraordinary 1 off
music moments and four artistic seasons each bursting with new commissions
► China Dream – showcasing the best of modern Chinese culture.
► The Future World of Work - what does this mean for society.
► The Art of Football - the global relationship with the beautiful game.
► Nineteen Eighteen (working title) - the centenary of the end of the 1st World War.
The City's unrivalled festival offer; from Africa Oye and Liverpool
International Music Festival right through to Milapfest; will mark the year
with some of their most ambitious line ups ever, while brand new music events;
including a piano festival like no other; will reinforce Liverpool's position
as a UNESCO City of Music.
To add to that, the team behind Liverpool 2018 can reveal plans for Easter Fire; a collaboration with renowned live event creators Walk the Plank. Easter Fire
at St George's Hall will take place during the Easter holidays, creating a world
of fire, entertainment and gastronomy. Famous for their spectacular live
performances, Walk the Plank are promising to create a unique experience in one
of the hidden gems of the City. Tickets for the event and further details will
be available from Friday 8 December.
Mayor Joe Anderson, said:- "European Capital of Culture was an
extraordinary year for this City, but it was never just about 2008; it was
about the legacy that followed.
Culture has been the backbone of Liverpool's renaissance over the past decade,
and Liverpool 2018 is a chance for us to recognise the growth in confidence,
ambition, creativity and cultural engagement which is seen in every corner of
Liverpool; putting us quite rightly as a cultural exemplar on a national and
international stage. Liverpool 2018 is an opportunity for us to once again roll
out the red carpet for people to come and visit for the 1st time, or to
rediscover what we believe is the most exciting destination in the UK. Some of
the projects which we will be announcing in the New Year really do raise the bar
and it will be an incredible time for residents and visitors who will
undoubtedly travel from across the world to experience how Liverpool puts on a
Mayor of Liverpool City Region, Steve Rotheram, said:- "The City Region
Combined Authority is delighted to be supporting Liverpool 2018 with ₤5 million
from our Single Investment Fund. It will kick start a new cultural journey for
the whole of the City Region and it is my ambition that all areas feel the same
benefits as Liverpool has done in the last decade. This region is blessed with a
huge depth of talent and it is our job to provide the platforms to showcase that
creativity and encourage participation. I was Lord Mayor in 2008 and saw 1st
hand the impact celebrating culture had on people and communities. I very much
look forward to another outstanding year of culture that will hopefully enrich
and improve the lives of all who live and visit here."
Claire McColgan, Liverpool's Director of Culture, said:- 'Liverpool has
been defined by culture for centuries, from our incredible architecture and
galleries to major live events which turn City into a playground. It is the most
powerful way to tell our story across Europe and the world, and is central to
the image of modern Liverpool. The last decade has seen such incredible growth
in our cultural scene, it is right that we use this anniversary to celebrate the
extraordinary organisations which make this City the most exciting in the UK,
but also it is crucial that we use it as a chance to look forward to the next
ten years and challenge ourselves to imagine what we might look like and can
achieve by 2028."
John Wassell from Walk the Plank said:- "We worked on the opening event of
European Capital of Culture and have watched on admiringly as Liverpool's
cultural sector has grown from strength to strength ever since. Walk the Plank
perform all over the world, and Liverpool's name is synonymous with ambitious
cultural events wherever we go, so it's exciting to return a decade since we
were last here and to bring something never seen before as part of this truly
The official launch of the 1st ½ of the programme will be made on 11
January 2018, 10 years to the day since the 'People's Opening' which
launched European Capital of Culture in 2008.
The GREAT Britain campaign is an official partner of the Liverpool 2018
programme and will use its impressive reach across the tourism, culture,
investment, export, trade and education sectors to promote Liverpool's programme
and position it as a must visit destination.
For more information on already released projects and to help plan your visit to
Liverpool go to:-