As if we are not suffering enough with the economy and risk of losing our jobs, employers are now whining that we may be enjoying Christmas too much.
Recent research by Bupa says that companies blame overindulgence during the festive season for staff absence above any other cause of sick leave.
Many companies have introduced policies specifically aimed at tackling December absenteeism, from introducing flu jabs and gym membership to more hard-line policies like threatening to withhold pay from those discovered pulling a sickie.
Dr Jenny Leeser of Bupa says, “The winter months do see an increased rate of absence caused by seasonal illnesses, but the effect of the festive party season on the workplace cannot be ignored either. In any case, widespread absence causes increased workload and potentially increased stress levels for employees in work. Overdoing things is not good for anyone’s health.”
So enjoy yourself, but not too much.