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Most Employees Will Work Through the Holidays, But Get Little Done

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While research shows that half of U.S. employees will work between Christmas and New Year's Eve, how much they'll actually accomplish is still up for debate.

A recent survey from Regus, a provider of flexible workplaces, revealed that 64 percent of business employees will work during the last week of the year – but nearly 40 percent of them don't plan to get much done.

Fifty-eight percent of those who said they are working plan to use the time to catch up on unfinished projects.

"Economic uncertainty and a slow-growth marketplace continue to put pressure on businesses to keep full steam ahead, so it is not surprising that workers plan to use this time to catch up on unfinished work," said Guillermo Rotman, CEO of Americas Regus."But are workers choosing to power-through the break really producing the best value for their efforts?"

Rotman said many managers believe that time off with the familycan give employees a refreshed outlook and a chance to decompress before returning to work.

The research shows smaller business are the ones most likely to have employees workingbetween Christmas and New Year's Day. Specifically, the study found that 68 percent of surveyed small companies will have employees on the clock, compared with just 49 percent of large businesses.

The holiday-productivity study was based on surveys of more than 12,000 business people in 85 countries.

Chad Brooks

Chad Brooks is a Chicago-based freelance writer who has nearly 15 years experience in the media business. A graduate of Indiana University, he spent nearly a decade as a staff reporter for the Daily Herald in suburban Chicago, covering a wide array of topics including, local and state government, crime, the legal system and education. Following his years at the newspaper Chad worked in public relations, helping promote small businesses throughout the U.S. Follow him on Twitter.