December the most stressful for over half of the UK workforce

One in six UK employees feel worried that raising mental health concerns with their company could put them at risk of losing their job, a new report into employee mental health and remote working has found.

December has been described as the most stressful month of 2022 by half of Brits.

According to survey data from people analytics company, Visier, more than a third of Brits feel more stressed about the festive season this year when compared to last year, citing the cost of living crisis, being able to afford Christmas presents and fear of new year redundancies as key reasons why.

Festive Fatigue

But it’s not just the impact of the current economic climate on Christmas shopping that’s got Brits feeling increasingly overwhelmed by the festive season this year.

The online survey reveals that more than two thirds of employees currently feel burnt out. Plus, a further 57% admit to feeling more burnt out than they did at this point last year.

Employees are suffering from ‘Festive Fatigue’ and the data points to a worrying trend. More than a third (36%) of Brits still have more than 10 days of annual leave allowance left to use before the end of the year, further signaling a clear cause of exhaustion and burnout.

Ian McVey, EMEA MD at Visier says: “Stress is a major issue at work, and the repercussions can be huge for business performance. December should be a time of celebration, a time to unwind, spend time with the family, and celebrate the successes of the past year. But 2022 has not been a normal year. Understandably, employees are tired, and feeling concerned about the current economic climate we find ourselves in. The challenge for businesses is the knock-on impact that these feelings of fatigue will be having on employee morale, and overall business performance.

“Employees will look to their employers for support, direction and reassurance through the turbulent times ahead. Businesses must understand how teams are feeling and engage employees in conversations about burnout – including the importance of taking time off – using workplace tools to gauge their stress levels. Leaders, including line managers, can then also work with individuals to reduce work-related exhaustion and provide support where it is needed most.”

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December the most stressful for over half of the UK workforce