A survey of 2,000 workers has found that the average British employee “needs” to take time off every 56 days or they risk a dip in productivity.
Respondents to the survey, commissioned by Holiday Hypermarket, said that they started to feel tired and stressed just eight weeks after returning from a holiday.
However, the findings showed that the majority of employees take time off just twice a year or less. More than a quarter (28 per cent) took breaks twice in a year but 19 per cent only took time out once a year and, shockingly, 8 per cent said they had taken no holiday in the past 12 months.
Yet 77 per cent believe it is unhealthy to go a whole year without taking time away from work. And more than half of respondents said that waiting too long before taking a break has had a detrimental effect on their work productivity, with nearly two-thirds rating their productivity levels as five out of 10 or below before a break. However, upon returning to work, three-quarters of staff rated their productivity at eight out of 10 or above.
And it’s not just energy levels that suffer, as over half of respondents admitted that their motivation drops when they need a holiday, with 26 per cent admitting they “can’t be bothered to do things properly”.
However, most respondents (58 per cent) said a lack of money prevented them going on holiday while 32 per cent said they’d delayed a break because of an important company project.
Of those who do plan time off, a third said that the main reason was that “they want to ‘live’” rather than just “existing for work”.
It’s no surprise that we lose that ‘refreshed’ feeling so soon after returning from holiday,” said Kay Dixon, general manager at travel website Holiday Hypermarket. “With such pressure to get back into the normal routine it can feel like our time spent relaxing abroad was just a dream. But as the research shows, throwing ourselves back into work too hard can mean we feel the need for another holiday very quickly.
“Taking a day off here and there is sensible, but a regular trip abroad can be more beneficial for both our mental well-being and our productivity when we return.’’
(Extract from CIPD’s PM Today, 21/08/2014)