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UK – CareerBuilder: Workers hit by financial pressures

31 May 2013

As the summer moves closer, workers may be longing to get away from the office and go on holiday. While 63% of full-time workers in the UK say they plan to take time away from work, half of workers surveyed by CareerBuilder say they will stay at home for their holidays.

The nationwide survey found that taking a holiday is financially out of reach for one in four workers. An additional 12% say they can afford a holiday, but still have no plans to take one.

“Taking a holiday is not only good for the worker, but the business in general,” said Rosemary Haefner, Vice President of Human Resources at CareerBuilder. “Businesses across the UK continue to work with smaller staffs as a result of the economic downturn that continues. Workers who take time off, even if it is just a few days at home, come back refreshed resulting in higher productivity.”

The survey also found that disconnecting from the office while on holiday is not always possible as one in five workers contact work during their holiday. More than a third of managers say they expect their employees to check with work while on holiday, although most say only if the employee is involved in a big project, or a major issue going on with the company.

According to the survey, workers also lose out on time off with 19% reporting they gave up holiday days last year because they didn’t have time to use them. 

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