Support for Jan 2 Bank Holiday

Almost three-quarters of employees want today (January 2) to be a Bank Holiday to help beat the back-to-work blues. A survey by online travel agent has revealed that 73 per cent of people questioned wanted an extra Bank Holiday to help them recover from New Year excesses.

This would bring the whole of Britain into line with Scotland where January 2 is already a holiday.

More than 75 per cent of those surveyed wanted an additional Bank Holiday to bring the number per year to nine, closer to the European average of 10.9.

Cary Cooper, Professor of organisational psychology and health at Umist, commented: “People who start work on 2 January feeling tired after their New Year festivities could end up suffering from acute Post-Bank Holiday Depression Syndrome as a result because they are returning to work before they are fully revitalised.”

By Ben Willmott

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