Weekend Poll Results: Let the Holiday Countdown Begin

Admin. professionals are gearing up for year-end breaks. Here are the results of my latest weekend poll, in which I asked: 

Will you take a bit of time off work for the holidays?

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While the great majority of respondents will take time away from work, that doesn’t mean our offices will be slowing down any time soon. In fact, 64% of respondents reported that the pace of activity will accelerate, as the pressure’s on to wrap up business before the holidays.

People must save up vacation time for year’s end, as more than 60% will have the luxury of at least seven days away from work. 73% of respondents said there’s no place like home for the holidays and, while 20% would prefer to travel, 79% will wind up sticking close to home.

More than half will be hosting some form of social event over the holidays. There’ll be a broad range of decking the halls and, interestingly, there’s quite a split in terms of holiday baking. Want to know what others would do with four hours to themselves on December 26th? Read on; here’s a look at what people are thinking, with answers reflecting percentages of total responses.

There’s no lull in activity at the office in the weeks leading up to the holidays
  • 64%: Activity accelerates; the pressure’s on to wrap up business before the holidays
  • 21.5%: It’s more or less the same, but with spikes in social activities
  • 14.5%: It’s the same as any other month
  •  0% of respondents reported a decline in productivity
Do you plan to take time off around the holidays/New Year’s?
  • 93% of respondents said yes
  •   7% of respondents said no
How much time will you take off for Christmas/other holidays in December?
  • 53% will take  seven to 10 days
  • 20% will take one to three days
  • 13% selected other; comments included, “3 1/2 weeks”, and “Our office is closed so no choice”
  •  7% will take four to seven days
  •  7% will take a couple of weeks
The majority of us taking time off will have paid leave
  • 93%: Yes
  •   7%: Combination of paid leave/holiday time and leave without pay
For many, there’s no place like home
  • 73% said home sounds just right
  • 20% would prefer to travel
  •  7% selected other; one respondent wrote, “I need to travel to get home”
… and that’s just how it will unfold for many
  • 79% will be sticking close to home
  • 21% will be travelling
Hosting parties or family gatherings?
  • 47% will host family gatherings/other parties
  • 33% won’t be hosting family gatherings/other parties
  • 13% have yet to decide
  •  7% selected “Other”; one respondent wrote, “Won’t be hosting Christmas dinner but will host friends over the break”
On a scale of one to 10, with 10 being over the top, how much decorating do you do for the holidays in comparison to other respondents?
  • 10/10: 0% of respondents
  • 9/10: 8% of respondents
  • 8/10: 15% of respondents
  • 7/10: 23% of respondents
  • 6/10: 0% of respondents
  • 5/10: 8%of respondents
  • 4/10: 15% of respondents
  • 3/10: 23% of respondents
  • 2/10: 0% of respondents
  • 1/10: 0% of respondents
  • 0/10: 8% of respondents
There’s a definite split on holiday baking
  • 54% of respondents will be baking
  • 31% of respondents won’t be baking
  • 15% of respondents said that baked goods aren’t their thing
Half the respondents prefer small, low key gatherings over the holidays, while 36% like highly sociable gatherings
  • 50% prefer small, low key gatherings
  • 36% like both the small, low key gatherings and parties with a good sized crowd
  •  7% prefer parties with a good sized crowd
  •  7% selected, “Other”; one respondent wrote, “I prefer time with my family or alone”
What do you think others would do with four hours to themselves on December 26th?
  • 38% would spend the time “curled up with a book, e-reader or (ha!) scrolling through past articles on Exceptional EA”
  • 13%: catnapping/catching up on sleep
  • 12.5%: relaxing with family/friends
  • 12.5%: soaking in a nice hot bath or hot tub
  •  6%: manicure and/or pedicure
  •  6%: outdoors, whether for a simple walk, run or some other physical activity
  •  6%: shopping
  •  6%: time for the arts, be it ballet, theatre, a movie or something else of the kind

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