Britons are too tuned in to their work

September 2004
Management Services;Sep2004, Vol. 48 Issue 9, p7
Academic Journal
This article focuses on a survey conducted by the Chartered Management Institute which stated that Great Britain is in danger of becoming a nation too afraid to put its feet up and go on holiday. More than 3,000 managers were questioned, and the Institute found that work overload has reduced the number of managers prepared to use their full holiday allowance each year. Only half claimed to use their full entitlement, compared to 66 percent in 2003. The survey found that many managers blame work commitments for their growing failure to take a proper break. Most managers suggested that their professional responsibilities have affected their holiday, with many claiming to interrupt time off to attend to work duties. Even when managers are not actually working on holiday, they increasingly try to keep in touch with their colleagues. 26 percent take a laptop or PDA away with them specifically to access work and almost half leave contact details with their employer. However, the signs are that managers recognize the need to have a break from work. Eight in ten suggest that any time away from the office recharges their batteries, 11 percent say it rejuvenates interest in their career and 45 percent suggest that it makes them question in their current working lifestyle.


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