A survey carried out by UK training company PTP Training & Marketing - which has a training centre in Blythe Valley Business Park, Solihull - shows that over half the 300 managers questioned (54 per cent) have made work-related New Year's resolutions to improve their working lives.
These include plans by 30 per cent of respondents to 'be promoted', 'get a pay rise' or 'get another job' in 2006 while 50 per cent of them will be putting the focus on 'getting a better work/life balance' and on 'improving their health' and 'reducing stress levels'.
Ironically, although there were plans made by a number of respondents to walk or cycle to work and to go to a gym after work - the Friday lunchtime drink in the pub was one area respondents refuse to give up in the name of good health.
Other resolutions included 'retirement', 'increasing sales', 'improving performance' and 'being more organised at work'.
The survey also revealed that over a third (34 per cent) of workers admit to slowing down in the festive month and being less productive in December than in other months of the year.
And of those who are less productive, just under two thirds (64 per cent) say their work level drops by up to 20 per cent while one in five say it drops by up to 40 per cent.
However, one in ten also claim it is down by up to 80 per cent.
One of the interruptions of the festive month is the Christmas party and for the majority of UK managers this is still an event to look forward to.
Although only 13 per cent described their company's Christmas party as 'fantastic', 58 per cent say it was 'good or very good'.
This compares to the 19 per cent who classed the festive bun-fight as acceptable and the remaining ten per cent, who described it anywhere between 'not good' and 'the pits'. ..SUPL: