There’s no greater feeling than turning on the ‘out of office’ email but new research suggests that many workers regret ever taking a break due to the build up waiting for them on their return.
Researchers found that one in four employees fret about the amount of work they have to do to catch-up on return from holiday and wish they’d never left the office in the first place.
The study found that 32pc of employees check and respond to their work emails while on holiday, while a fifth check in with work on the phone once during their break.
The research, conducted by CareerBuilder, surveyed more than 1000 office workers about their holiday worries and Managing Director of the company Scott Helmes said employers should encourage workers to really switch off from work.
“Taking time off is important for employees to rest and recuperate from the stress of their daily work lives, so it’s important for employers to encourage their employees to take advantage of their allotted time off.”
“Some workers have a harder time than others checking out completely, however, and that can cause more stress than not taking a break at all.”
A recent survey by Sunshine.co.uk found that 67pc of people worry about the work they must catch-up on after their holiday and this is the leading cause of holiday anxiety.
A fear of flying makes 57pc of workers anxious while on holiday while 45pc worry about falling ill abroad.
Recent research in the UK found that many workers do not take their full allocated leave each year because they feel that they are too swamped with work.