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Three-quarters of workers take the office with them on holiday

Some people take the kitchen sink with them when they go on holiday, but it seems many of us are taking the office too.

A survey of 1,000 holidaymakers by Auto Europe found that nearly three-quarters of respondents thought about their job for an average of 41 minutes per day when they are on holiday.

This adds up to a whole working day during the course of a 10-day break, stewing over work issues that are best put to one side for the sake of proper rest and relaxation.

A third of respondents said they had to keep on top of things when away, because no one else could do their job properly, and 29 per cent said they worried about falling behind.

Two in five checked their work emails and one in five replied to them. One in five also checked their voicemails. More than one in five said they couldn't switch off from work at all.

Recharge your batteries

Holidays are an important facet of working life. They are essential to recharge batteries, reduce stress, and enhance wellbeing - and as such they are enshrined in the law under the Working Time Regulations.

But although full-time employees are entitled to 5.6 weeks of paid leave every year, legislation doesn't have the scope to influence how people should behave while on leave.

In any case, employers would be better served by well-rested employees than by those who have burnt out by failing to get the quality of break they needed because of worries about what's happening back at the office. Managers and staff who have a handover chat before they leave can also help the situation.

Acas publications and services

Acas has everything you need to know about Holidays, including calculating holiday pay, giving notice, and carrying over leave. See also the Acas pdf icon Advice leaflet - Holidays and holiday pay [266kb].

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