That’s according to new research released by workforce healthcare provider Lime Global. Findings reveal that 42 per cent of UK workers worry about putting on a brave face and having to act like everything is ‘okay’ when socialising with their colleagues this Christmas. And pleasanteeism now appears to be spreading into worker’s personal lives, as 43 per cent worry about putting on a brave face in front of their friends and family over the festive season this year.
A range of factors are contributing to people not feeling their best this Christmas, with over half (55 per cent) worried about NHS waiting times and Covid this winter, more than a third (34 per cent) worried about money/the rising cost of living, and 28 per cent feeling stressed at work.
Many are struggling behind the scenes rather than opening up about how they’re really feeling. Over a fifth (22 per cent) worry that talking about their problems will bring other people down, and 29 per cent don’t want to make a fuss about what they’re going through.
Workers would welcome healthcare initiatives
But findings from the research suggested that workers would welcome simple initiatives from their employers to help their mental health – including being allowed to switch off from work properly over the Christmas period (18 per cent) and being more mindful of workload and work/life balance (23 per cent).
Lime is urging individuals and employers to be more open about mental health challenges and to take simple measures to help improve wellbeing and resilience during the festive season.
Shaun Williams, CEO & Founder, Lime Global Ltd, commented: “This year, it’s vital that employers keep in mind the mental health and resilience of their entire workforce. Businesses must ensure that staff have time to take the space they need, to recuperate and rebuild their resilience over Christmas.”