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Back to work blues for employees
Not such a welcome return: Employees are glum about coming back to the office

Nearly half of workers admit they aren't looking forward to to getting back to the daily grind. 

As the Christmas holidays draw to a close, 46 per cent of workers admit they are suffering ‘back to work blues’ and aren’t looking forward to getting back to the daily grind.

Of these, 13 per cent confess they are ‘dreading it’, according to a study by NOW: Pensions. 

Nearly three quarters (72 per cent) of the 2,000 people surveyed took time off over the festive season.

On top of the bank holidays, most people took an additional six days leave, with an unlucky 7 per cent (the equivalent of 2.3 million of the UK population) having to work every day over the Christmas period, including bank holidays.

The main cause of back to work blues is early starts, cited by nearly half (46 per cent), and lack of free time (41 per cent).

Nearly a quarter (24 per cent) say they miss their family, while 23 per cent admit they find their job boring. One in ten (14 per cent) confess they dislike their boss.

For the one in five (17 per cent) workers who are looking forward to going back to work, 40 per cent say this is because they love their jobs, while nearly a third (31 per cent) say they like the routine of being at work.

Some 6 per cent admit that a love interest in the office is the driving force for them wanting to return to work.

When asked what aspects of their job keeps them happy and prevents them looking for a job elsewhere, location tops the bill for more than a third (35 per cent) of those surveyed, convenience is mentioned by 33 per cent, and salary is the driving force for 29 per cent.

Despite ‘the boss’ coming down the list in seventh place in the UK, this shoots up to third for Londoners, with 33 per cent saying it’s something that keeps them happy in their job.

When asked what could improve their jobs, better pay is cited by nearly half of workers (46 per cent), while 10 per cent wanted shorter working hours.

Morten Nilsson, CEO of NOW: Pensions says, 'As December turns to January and the tinsel comes off the Christmas tree, it’s natural to feel a bit blue about the prospect of returning to work.

'Apart from a lucky minority, for most people work is a chore rather than a passion but, for a happier workforce, things like generous holidays and good pensions can go a long way and shouldn’t be underestimated.'

Further reading on holidays

Holiday leave and pay: The law

See also: Managers could help SME employees tackle holiday blues

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