A recent Keepmeposted survey has shown that people in Malta want a Christmas shutdown and would take days off anyway during this period. In this article, we’ll be delving deeper into this statistic.

Whilst this remains true for the overall majority, this does not remain a strong majority for the younger cohort of respondents, of whom this percentage decreases to 58.5%. The majority of almost 53%, however, do not have a Christmas shutdown. One must take into account industries such as Retail and Catering. Such industries may even impose a vacation block during this period due to it being a strong commercial season. One should also not undervalue the opinion of a large chunk of respondents – 22.4%, who feel that shutdown dictates how one may utilise their off days. Another 16.2% also prefer to utilise their leave on other days. 

In the current climate, where work-life balance is finally being given the priority it deserves, the Christmas shutdown warrants further discussion. In this respect, Christmas shutdown has its pros and cons. On the positive side, employees will not feel obliged to work over Christmas, getting the rest they deserve, and will also get to spend quality time with their families. That means that when January comes along, everyone is well-rested and ready to start the new year with a positive mindset. For employers, the Christmas shutdown gives one the opportunity to plan ahead (both logistically and vis-a-vis human resources).

On the other side of the coin, it may seem like a constraint for some, including those who might not celebrate Christmas or find themselves alone during this period. It further limits the days one may take off during other (perhaps preferred) periods in the year, such as birthday celebrations, long-haul trips, visiting family abroad, and so on. For employers, a Christmas shutdown means a total stall or quasi-stall of operations.

Even for those who do not celebrate Christmas, a Christmas shutdown can be seen as an opportune moment to pause and take stock, a time for gatherings with family and friends, and a moment to recharge for the new year ahead.

How do you feel about the Christmas shutdown? Let us know!

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This article refers to a recent survey commissioned by Keepmeposted which targeted over 500+ people based in Malta who come from different industries and varying age groups, between 18 and 65 years of age, through a stratified online sample.