1 in 2 Brits Works While on Holiday

In a new survey, TripAdvisor has revealed that 48% of Britons work while on holiday, checking office or work-related emails from the sun lounger.
The percentage is up 10% compared to last year’ 38% and the survey shows that Britain’s hardworking holidaymakers are also not always taking the full holiday time they’re entitled to – 31% of respondents admitted they don’t always take their full annual leave allowance.

"These results expose some challenging modern developments, with Brits finding it increasingly difficult to switch off from work and unwind on holiday," commented Emma Shaw, TripAdvisor spokesperson. "While mobile technology has made our lives easier in so many ways, it’s added an additional layer of expectation to be on call even when on holiday."

Respondents were asked to say why they checked emails on holiday:

  • 57% check emails on holiday to reduce their workload upon returning
  • 39% claim they relax more if they know what’s going on in the office
  • 23% check because they love their job and want to stay in touch
  • 19% claim they simply find it difficult to switch off from work
  • 12% check because it’s the status quo in their workplace

Of those who check work emails on holiday, 47% say they do so every day during their break, however when it comes to making work calls, only 43% admit they would be bothered to do so while away – fewer than the European average of 67%.

German respondents in the survey topped the list with almost two-thirds (61%) unable or unwilling to disconnect completely from 9-5 life.

Of all the European markets surveyed Germans are the hardest at work while on holiday:

  • 61% of Germans check emails while on holiday, compared to the UK’s 48%
  • 23% of Germans say their employers expect them to be contactable when on holiday, compared to 13% in the UK

"Perhaps this is a symptom of decreased job security in an uncertain economy, but Brits – as well as Europeans – are really putting in the hours, even when away on holiday," added Emma Shaw.

The survey was carried out in September 2011 on 10,115 French, German, Italian and UK respondents. 1,103 of the respondents were from the UK.

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