Pittsburgh, Philadelphia are having the hardest time balancing home life, work life, and the holidays

The people of Pittsburgh are the most stressed out during the holidays.

According to a survey from Accountemps and Robert Half, they are the most overwhelmed city in the country when it comes to work-life balance over the holidays. Philadelphia is second.

The survey splits happiness and stress, even though when you’re full of one, you tend to not have the other. Philly residents are dead-last when it comes to happiness during the holidays. Pittsburgh is the middle of the pack, at 15th out of 26 cities.

“Between professional responsibilities and personal commitments, it’s all too easy for employees to become overwhelmed during the holiday season,” says Michael Steinitz, executive director of Accountemps. “Managers can support their teams by allowing more flexible schedules and bringing in temporary staff to assist with year-end projects.” Here’s what the “stressed” side of the list looks like…

Aside from Pennsylvania cities, Cleveland, Salt Lake City, and Los Angeles round out the top five places with the most stressed workers during the holidays. Robert Half says there are a few different ways for companies to lower stress among workers, like:

  • Write now, do later — Make your to-do list for the next day before you leave work. That way you have your priorities ready to tackle right away.
  • Ask for help — You can’t do everything on your own, and it’s OK to ask for assistance.
  • Time out — If you are able to, take personal time off and make sure you aren’t checking email when you’re away. Give yourself time, whether to catch up on shopping or family, that doesn’t involve work.
  • Remember the basics — Eat, exercise, and catch up on sleep. Plan your breaks and make sure to step away from your computer, desk, and office. Take a walk around outside, if you can. When you eat your lunch, step away from devices.

Office life during the holidays isn’t so jolly

And that’s for employers and workers alike. Companies are working out on a lot of lost productivity (and money) every Cyber Monday, as employees are spending their time shopping for deals during work hours.

For employees, companies that institute a gift-giving exchange are facing some awkward office time. Hiring managers say bosses and employees can give each other gifts, but it can get uncomfortable, as some supervisors have played favorites with what they give employees. Those who are liked better than others tend to get much more expensive gifts than their unlikeable peers.

But sometimes employees are way off base with their gift-giving to their colleagues. There have been super weird gifts in office exchanges, like coconut bras and toilet paper that looks like money. The good news is that traditional gifts, like candy and gift cards, are the majority of presents that are shared among co-workers.

Unfortunately, uncomfortable feelings in the office don’t end with gifts. Holiday parties are growing, and so are employees who embarrass themselves (and their bosses). That’s because most parties serve alcohol, giving workers permission to let loose. But it’s not just employees who are embarrassing themselves; supervisors are also making the company look bad during holiday parties.

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Dori Zinn

Dori Zinn


Zinn is a freelance journalist based in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

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