Employers have been advised to urge work
ers not to work while on holidays to avoid
burnout for the new year.
The call comes after a study by Robert
Half revealed that three in four people (76 per
cent) worked during their summer holiday.
A total 76 per cent of senior office workers
made business errands at least a few times
a week while on holidays and a further 33 per
cent engaged in business activities at least
once a day when away from the office.
“Business productivity relies on a healthy
workforce,” said Andrew Brushfield, director
of Robert Half. “That so many people were
focused on business concerns in their time
off raises concerns for people’s wellbeing.”
The high numbers of people working dur
ing their time off has been attributed to in
creased pressure during the downturn and
expectations to overperform.
“Ultimately it is businesses that will pay
for this, in terms of lost productivity due to
staff burnout or, indeed, turnover as the econ
omy continues to rebound,” he said.