Festive burnout a problem for SMEs, says study

VV 2 June 2

Many small and medium enterprises (SMEs) face a so-called “festive burnout” in the run up to Christmas, it has been claimed.

According to research conducted by AXA PPP Healthcare, over two-thirds (69 per cent) of staff’s workloads increase in the period preceding the big day by an average of 30 per cent.

The danger here is that many employees can crumble under the pressure – with three-quarters of the 2,000 respondents revealing that they have suffered illness around this time of year. In addition to this, just over a quarter (28 per cent) said that getting hit by a bug was a regular occurrence.

AXA PPP Healthcare’s director of psychological services Dr Mark Winwood said: “Prior to the holidays, employers need to take precautionary steps to ensure that their employees get through this hectic period and come back firing on all cylinders in January.”

He added that bosses needed to be realistic in what can be achieved to avoid burnout from happening.

Posted by the Secret Businessman