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Bah humbug? Hungover employees set to cost employers £888 million this Christmas


Seven out of 10 workers will spend one working day nursing a hangover this festive season, costing employers £888 million in lost productivity, poll of 6,000 staff reveals.

With 70% of workers set to party at least two nights over the next seven working days, employers can expect a day of lost productivity due to their workforce spending at least three and half hours nursing a raging hangover the morning after, according to Travelodge.

The hotel chain surveyed 6,000 UK workers regarding their Christmas 'work do' and key findings revealed the traditional yuletide office party laid on by bosses is dying out. Austerity towards the annual work bash is high on the agenda this festive season with just 23% of employers rewarding their workforce with an end of year thank you party.

Last year 38% of bosses arranged an all expenses paid Christmas party for their staff.

This year 47% of employees will be paying for their annual Christmas party. The average cost for the night out will be £49.79 per event.

Seven out of 10 employees will spend one evening with their initial team and line manager and the other night out will be with friends or suppliers from work. Over a third (34%) of workers will also attend their partner's Christmas work's night out.

British workers will drink on average 7.3 units of alcohol during their Christmas work's night out. Men plan to drink an average of 9.6 units, nearly three times the recommended limit for men of 3 to 4 units per day. Women say they are likely to drink an average of 5.6 units -well over twice the recommended daily limit of two to three units.

Further research findings revealed a quarter of British employees will call in 'sick' the morning after their Christmas works night out due to a raging hangover. Only one in ten respondents surveyed said that they would be honest and tell their manager that they cannot come into work due to a hangover.

Thirty five per cent of Britons will use the excuse of catching a bug / virus for covering up for a hangover. Twenty one per cent of workers will lie and use the excuse of having food poisoning whilst 17% of workers will use the classic excuse of having a migraine.

The research has also revealed that just one in ten British workers will be booking the day off following their Christmas work's night out this year - so that they can nurse their hangover guilt free. (Last year 20% of workers booked a day off following their works Christmas night out - to nurse their hangover).

Over a third (34%) of British workers surveyed stated they get the least amount of sleep in December due to excessive partying, working late and getting ready for Christmas. On average these workers will survive on just five hours sleep per night in the two weeks leading up to Christmas - this is three hours less than the recommend sleep quota of eight hours.