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Holiday Burnout Statistics & How They Impact Your Workplace

Dec 09, 2020

Unhappy young woman holding gift box over gray backgroundHoliday burnout happens when you become overwhelmed by the additional demands and high expectations associated with the preparation and celebration of the holiday season. Countless people experience this type of burnout each year, and it inevitably carries over into their performance and attitude at work.

Whether your team is already experiencing holiday burnout or you simply want to try to prevent it from affecting your workplace, be sure to check out these surprising statistics.

10 holiday season burnout statistics

1. 68% of Americans consider the holiday season—including Thanksgiving, Hanukkah and Christmas—to be a stressful time. 

2. 35% of people say they’re burnt out on the holiday season before Christmas even comes.

3. The average American will spend 38 hours—nearly two full days—getting ready or preparing for the holiday season in some fashion.

4. 57% of people sacrifice sleep over the holiday season.

5. Eating too much over the holidays will cause 43% of Americans to sleep poorly.

6. Over half of Americans (56%) admit to wanting to take a break from the holidays while they’re in full swing, with the average American saying they feel they need a break 10 times throughout the season.

7. 75% of  Americans consider their bed a safe haven from the stress and burnout of the holiday season.

8. 52% of Americans say they lose some of their privacy due to hosting friends and family overnight during the holidays.

9. The top 5 contributors to holiday burnout are shopping, crowds, long lines, buying presents, and cooking.

10. The top 5 remedies for festive burnout are naps, relaxing in a bedroom, breaks from loved ones (we all need them), listening to music, and getting out the house. 

Source: Slumber Cloud

How to prevent holiday burnout 

If you're concerned about your employees experiencing holiday burnout, there are steps you can take to help prevent this.

First, be sure to give your employees adequate time off during the holiday season. Giving them the gift of time off can help prevent the overwhelming feelings they are likely experiencing due to the pressures of work and home life.

Also, be sure to make your employees feel appreciated. While it's important to do this all year long, it is especially important around the stress of the holidays. When employees feel valued and respected, they are more likely to engage at work.

Improve your company culture

Looking for more ways to prevent holiday burnout? Check out our article—The 3 Tools You Need to Prevent Holiday Burnout—or get 30 office holiday party ideas here.

If you are looking to improve your company culture in other ways— reach out to me directly today!


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