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Over half check their work email on holiday

More than half of office workers check their emails while on holiday, a new survey shows.

Figures from online travel agent Travel Republic show 52pc will log in for work when they should officially be chilling out, and 26pc of those said they would respond to emails.

Researchers who quizzed 1,000 UK-based office workers found younger employees were the most conscientious, with 38pc claiming to read and respond to emails when they are away, compared with 29pc of people aged 45 to 54.

Among those aged between 35 and 44, 45pc said they let their out-of-office message do what it is intended for and never checked their emails.


Women were also more relaxed than men during their time off, with 54pc saying they never looked at work emails, compared with 42pc of men.

Reading work emails caused 36pc of couples to fall out, and 70pc of women confessed to having a problem with their other halves checking emails on holiday compared with 58pc of men who saw it as an issue.

Travel Republic's Elliott Pritchard said most people felt relief when they took a break, but added: "We initially wanted to understand the emotions people experience when preparing to leave the office for annual leave, and the biggest emotion is relief at 46pc.

"As workplaces become busier, leave becomes more of a luxury, but the reality is that many office workers can't turn off."