You know that big sucking sound that productivity loss around the holidays makes? According to a study by Virgin Pulse, much of the loss is due to the stress of employees making travel plans and plans with family and friends.

Virgin Pulse wanted to find out if holiday-related travel itself took a toll on workforce effectiveness. It posed that and related questions to more than 1,000 fulltime workers.

What came back was that travel itself wasn't the problem; only 32 percent said traveling negatively effected their performance.

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Dan Cook

Dan Cook is a journalist and communications consultant based in Portland, OR. During his journalism career he has been a reporter and editor for a variety of media companies, including American Lawyer Media, BusinessWeek, Newhouse Newspapers, Knight-Ridder, Time Inc., and Reuters. He specializes in health care and insurance related coverage for BenefitsPRO.