Holiday stress a major issue as three in five in British employees work while on leave

The majority of UK employees work whilst on leave, new ILM research shows

30 June 2015 / Jump to comment (1)

As we approach the summer holidays, a new study by the Institute of Leadership & Management (ILM) has found that holidays are not nearly as relaxing as they should be. The ILM survey of more than 1,000 UK workers and managers shows that British workers are working through their annual leave and not making the most of the summer season.

The poll found that more than half of workers (61%) feel obligated to work on holiday - a possible side effect of modern technology, meaning workers are contactable anytime and anywhere. 64% read and send emails during their time off, 28% take business phone calls and 8% go into the office.

Meanwhile, only 28% of those surveyed reported that they had had arguments with friends and family about their working on holiday, down from 37% two years ago. Considering the increase in those working through their holidays, this seems to indicate that it is fast becoming the norm to be constantly switched on.

Charles Elvin, Chief Executive of the Institute of Leadership & Management, said:

'Britain’s workforce is not making the most of their annual leave. Our survey paints a picture of an over-stressed workforce, who feel they cannot afford to switch off out of fear of falling behind on workloads.

'It is crucial that people are able to make the most of their time off work to fully relax, reflect and recharge. This allows them fresh perspective and energy to tackle their work on return from holiday.'

Read more about the research from ILM >

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Jane Fraser

07 July 2015

"Meanwhile, only 28% of those surveyed reported that they had had arguments with friends and family about their working on holiday, down from 37% two years ago."

Are they the same people surveyed? I would like to know what has actually happened in their lives that appears to reflect a reduction in percentages...

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