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Is it possible for employees to spend the last days of 2015 in a state of carefree holiday bliss? Not necessarily, according to new research by staffing firm Robert Half. Fifty-nine percent of workers surveyed will work at least part of the week of December 28 and plan to make good use of the time, with 79 percent expecting to be productive. For staff taking time off, including those whose companies close for the week, 60 percent plan to check in with the office.
More than 1,000 U.S. workers employed in office environments were surveyed by an independent research firm for the study. The poll was conducted in mid-November.
"Shutting down does not mean shutting off for most companies," said Paul McDonald, senior executive director at Robert Half. "The last days of the year are critical to complete quarter- and year-end projects, make billable hours goals, and get organized for the new year. Additionally, some firms face 'use it or lose it' consequences on budget and headcount if they fail to spend or hire by December 31, so they're laser-focused on these issues."
The Robert Half study also found:
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