The most (and least) productive cities during the holiday season

A new survey suggests that worker productivity increases during the busy holiday season in certain cities.

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A new survey suggests that worker productivity may increase during the holidays as employees race to get it all done before taking some much-needed time off. 65% of workers said they were more productive overall during the holiday season, according to a recent survey from Accountemps.

Most productive cities

The top three most productive cities saw 75% of people respond that they were more productive during the season.

  • Miami
  • Chicago
  • San Francisco

Least productive cities

Meanwhile, only 50% of workers in the bottom three cities responded that they were more productive during seasonal festivities. Thirty-six percent of people in the least productive cities blamed their burnout on the social whirl of personal commitments while 31% pointed to an increased amount of work at the end of the year. Only 17% said the culprit was cold and flu season.

  • St. Louis
  • Des Moines
  • Boston

The bottom cities are part of a national trend. A new survey of 2,000 Americans by Slumber Cloud showed that 35% of Americans have holiday burnout before Christmas, and that 68% find the holidays stressful.

Sheila McClear|is a reporter for Ladders and can be reached at smcclear@theladders.com.