Many Have a Full In-Basket under the Workplace Mistletoe

December 6, 2007 (PLANSPONSOR.COM) - It may be the season for a hearty Ho-Ho-Ho, but it is also still a time for more work for many employees.

A new survey by finance staffing firm Accountemps found that nearly three in 10 of those polled (28%) said their to do list is longer during the holidays, while another 42% said their professional pace stays about the same.

Just over one in four (26%) said their professional tasks actually are fewer during the holiday season.

“In many industries, multiple projects must be completed before the close of the year, making it an especially busy period,” said Max Messmer, Chairman of Accountemps, in a news release about the study. “Many employees also take vacation days during the holidays, which can leave fewer staffing resources available.”

The survey was conducted by an independent research firm and is based on telephone interviews with 539 workers 18 years of age or older and employed in an office environment.