Skimping on Holiday Leave is Bad for Your Health

Author: Adi Gaskell
Published: August 01, 2011 at 10:30 pm

holidaysSkimping on your holiday leave could result in you losing more days off work than if you'd taken your holiday. New research from healthcare group Bupa has shown that 42 percent of British workers are not planning to have a break longer than a week this year, which could leave them stressed.

The figures, collected by Yougov, also found that 34 percent of respondents felt they could deal with stressful work situations better after having a holiday and 47 per cent said they feel noticeably healthier after taking a break.

Jenny Leeser, clinical director of occupational health at Bupa, said: "Taking time out from ... day-to-day responsibilities is important in maintaining physical and mental health. Unfortunately, money and work worries mean many people are not prioritising the need to relax."

Many professionals still don't take holidays

Despite these benefits however, recent research revealing that as many as 40 percent of managers are not planning on taking any holiday this summer.  Twenty percent of professionals blame excessive workload and high numbers saying they don’t want to let clients/colleagues down.

Simon Drakeford, CEO for , explained “During the summer, it’s very tempting to skip work for a day or two to enjoy the sunshine or get an early start on a holiday.  However, with things still pretty tough out there, employees are questioning their job security and prospects.  Understandably, many see it as being in their best interest to work harder and put in the extra effort instead of bunking off.  What’s unfortunate, though, is that our survey reveals that many diligent office workers are finding it increasingly difficult to leave their work behind and relax while taking their annual leave.  Ultimately, the extra stress will begin to take its toll – and this can negatively affect employees as well as the business.”


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Article Author: Adi Gaskell

A writer on management issues for publications such as Professional Manager, CMI, HRM Today, Business Works and Technorati. I also cover social media for Social Media Today, DZone and Social Business News.

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