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When is a holiday not a holiday?

It's not just the boundaries between home and office that are blurring with the rise of new technologies. The traditional division between holidays and work is also fading, a recent survey from DocuSign suggests. Nearly a third of workers are planning to work over Christmas during their paid holiday leave, it reports.

Advances in information and business technology that have allowed secure mobile access to data held in the office are making it easier than ever to work remotely. Workers aged 25 to 39, regarded by some as being among the most technologically savvy, were found to be the most likely to say they would work over the festive period.

Some 44 per cent of workers said they planned to take at least three days off in December in addition to the national bank holidays on Christmas and Boxing Days. Many organisations close between Christmas and New Year, but commentators have pointed out that the physical closure of an office no longer corresponds to the closure of business operations.

Other analysts have questioned the effects on workers' health and wellbeing when they can't or won't switch off from work. Some studies have linked health problems with being unable to 'disengage' from work, including heart disease, poor concentration, negative feelings, sleep disturbance and fatigue.

As well as providing information on The right to request flexible working and work-life balance, Acas gives advice on how to manage use of new technology in its Social media section. Acas also offers practical training courses to help your organisation achieve a healthy and productive Work/life balance.

Visit the Acas Training and Business Solutions area for more information.

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