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Third of Brits to work during Christmas break

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New research suggests a third of British employees will work over the Christmas period - despite having paid time off.

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New research suggests a third of British employees will work over the Christmas period - despite having paid time off. As reported by freshbusinessthinking.co.uk, a survey of 1,000 Brits (conducted by electronic signature specialist DocuSign) found that 32 per cent of Brits will choose to take a few more dents out of their paperwork over a scheduled holiday. Figures cited by peoplemanagement.co.uk indicate that tech-savvy 25-39 year-olds are among the most likely to log onto a company network during the holiday season, which could simply be down to their knowledge in the technology. DocuSign research showed that 36 per cent of this group - otherwise known as 'Generation Y' - were preparing to work during the Christmas period. This came despite 44 per cent of the whole study group booking off at least three extra days in December, in addition to Bank Holidays on Christmas and Boxing Day. Meanwhile, a look into remote working habits according to individual regions showed that people in Greater London and the West Midlands are the most likely to work during a seasonal break. This prospect may represent a headache for some employees, with children breaking up from school and plenty to organise in the lead up to December 25th. However, those nicely set up in garden offices may be able to enjoy peace and quiet as they go about finishing their last few assignments. Tom Gonser, founder and chief strategy officer of DocuSign, claimed technology was driving the remote working trend and urged senior figures to offer their employees a chance to work outside of the office. "It is now easier than ever for a business to continue operating with the majority of employees working remotely," he claimed. "It is therefore up to business leaders to ensure that their employees are equipped with the tools and technologies that enable them to complete tasks remotely such as complete contracts, access business documents and conduct business conference calls."

Author:

Richard Towey

3rd December 2012