Getting stuff down before the holidays is a concern most employers are well-acquainted with, whether or not they allow their workers to shop for Christmas deals at work.

Not only do days preceding major holidays often feature a rash of absences from employees taking vacation, but there are plenty of workers distracted by holiday planning. Some are stressed by the obligations of family gatherings, while others are too distracted by the anticipated joys of the holidays to focus on work.

But a new survey from Robert Half, an employment consulting firm, shows that most workers do not believe the holidays are a major impediment to work. A sizeable number of them, in fact, believe the holidays motivate them to get more done on the job.

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