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Friday, 12 October 2012

The line between work and holiday for Brits dramatically blurs

The line between work and holiday for Brits dramatically blurs

Half of us now check work emails on holiday

With the recession still biting, we’re all having to work that much harder and it seems it doesn’t stop at the office. A TripAdvisor survey of over 3,500* travellers can today reveal that Britons are struggling to escape work even on holiday, with 40% admitting to checking their emails whilst away. Over half (51%) of respondents revealed they check their emails daily or more – a dramatic increase from the 13% who logged on daily in 2011 and 10% in 2010.
Increasing expectations, increasing tensions
And it doesn’t stop at emails – over two-thirds (38%) of British workers claim to take and make work calls on holiday, which appears to be having a negative impact on our so-called break away with almost a third (30%) admitting working on holiday makes their trip less enjoyable. However, Britons are still not as work-addicted as Italian respondents – 59% admit to checking work emails on holiday.
Perhaps an indication of increasing expectations at work, 12% of Brits, 19% of Germans and over 20% of French and Italian workers say that employers expect them to be contactable and able to work on holiday if necessary, which appears to be taking its toll on relationships with 15% of Brits claiming to have argued with a partner about having to put the hours in while away, only second to Germany at 19%.

Vacation Deprivation

The TripAdvisor survey also reveals that almost a third (30%) of us don’t even manage to take our full holiday allowance. Although many Brits aren’t taking their holiday entitlement, it seems that our colleagues in France, Italy and Germany are even worse at not taking their annual leave, with Italy the worst culprits with almost two-thirds (62%) failing to do so.

“Perhaps it’s a sign of tough economic times and job insecurity, but many Britons are not only taking their work with them on holiday, some are even sacrificing their holiday allowance by not taking their full entitlement,” commented Emma Shaw, TripAdvisor spokesperson. “While smartphones and technology have made it easier than ever to stay connected to the office, it’s still important to set some boundaries so that you return to work feeling refreshed and productive.”

*Survey carried out on 3,758 European travellers, including 1,331 Brits, between 14th and 21st September 2012