Business comes first – even at Christmas

The survey of 1,000 people involved in finance, carried out by Accountancy Age and The Cooperative Bank’s telephone and internet service Business Direct, also shows that the season of goodwill has failed to reduce the hours they spend at work.

It investigated the working habits of financial staff and found that over one third would put money before important family occasions.

The survey also revealed nearly half would be working at some point over the festive period, though only 1% confessed they would be in the office on Christmas Day or Boxing Day.

A further 13% admitted that they would not be switching off from work altogether as they would be phoning in to pick up voice mail messages between Christmas and the New Year.

The findings come at a time when many organisations, including the government, have been actively encouraging staff to find a better balance between work and home life.

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