The holiday season brings with it many feelings: joy for some, stress for others, and a little of both for most. People bustle around preparing for gatherings, and many businesses prepare for an influx of demands and deadlines. An increase in requirements and rush on projects can have some negative effects on employee well-being. Being too busy can lead to fatigue, sleep problems, and other physical detriments that hurt productivity and increase the risk of injuries at work.
In fact, according to a study by Inc.com, those who work more than 60 hours per week had a 23% higher injury rate, and those working 11 hours or more of weekly overtime had an increased risk of depression. The busy season involves all hands on deck, so it’s important for employees to stay well enough to bring their best selves to work, and still have some energy to give to their personal lives.
The long hours that come with the busy holiday season are beyond any one manager’s control, but there are still things leaders can do to help keep the season more joyful than stressful. Download our Guide to Beating the Burnout for tips on how managers can help their team navigate stressful times.