It won’t be the Queen’s speech that occupies employees’ time after Christmas dinner this year, but checking email. According to a survey by ISP Demon, office staff plan to work at least 10 hours over the holiday period and one in six will be logging on from home even on Christmas Day via smartphones and laptops.
The extended break from 25 December to 4 January, boosted by three extra public holidays caused by Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day all falling on weekend days, means that many senior managers cannot afford to be out of touch with their businesses for so long a period of time.
The vast majority (95%) of respondents working from home will be sending and receiving work emails and over two thirds (68%) will be accessing documents on the corporate network through VPN or similar. A small number (4%) admitted they will be working, on average for longer than normal – over eight hours each time.
Fourteen percent of respondents said that the only reason they wouldn’t be working from home on Christmas Day was because they did not have the technology available.