Sixty percent of the 5,000 employees polled by recruitment website reed.co.uk did not take all their annual leave, with many blaming the pressure of work for not going on holiday.
More over, it appears that actually going on holiday increases stress levels as employees and managers strive to put in extra hours to complete projects before leaving the office.
Workers put in, on average, an extra nine hours in the days prior to taking leave, while directors put in almost double – 17 hours.
‘At this time of year temperatures are often as high inside the office as they are outside, as workers frantically try to make sure everything is fine before they leave for their holidays,’ said Dan Ferrandino, managing director of Reed.co.uk
‘Cancelling your holiday because the stress at work has become too much is certainly not the answer – the best cure is a week or two relaxing in the sun.’
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