Britons are too tuned in to their work

October 2004
Management Services;Oct2004, Vol. 48 Issue 10, p4
Academic Journal
This article deals with an annual holiday survey conducted by the Chartered Management Institute regarding the reluctance of managers in Great Britain to take a break from their jobs. The survey concluded that Britain is in danger of becoming a nation too afraid to put its feet up and go on holiday. The Institute found that work overload has reduced the number of managers prepared to use their full holiday allowance each year. However, British managers also reveal a wide range of musical and literary tastes to help them tune out of work mode. Only 53 percent claimed to use their full entitlement, compared to 66 percent last year. 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 personal digital assistant away with them specifically to access work and almost half leave contact details with their employer up from 29 percent in 2003.


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