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Holiday working creates problems for employers

Recent research has revealed that 52% of British workers who are not self-employed admit to having worked through their holidays. Nearly one in five (18%) make a regular habit of it.


The research, which was carried out by YouGov for Croner, also reveals a notable difference between age groups, with 14% of 18 to 24 year olds surveyed saying they always work during a holiday, versus 3% of the 55+ age group.


In the East Midlands, 14% of those surveyed admit to always working through their holidays, as opposed to 2% in the North West and 3% in Wales.


Bosses may think that an email from an employee while on holiday demonstrates their commitment to the organisation. However, working through holidays may reveal an underlying problem of over-work.


Croner's Senior Employment Consultant, Amy Paxton, said:


"The whole point of holidays is to ensure that workers are entitled to a period of rest and relaxation. If they do not have this time it could cause or exacerbate stress issues.


"Work-related stress is now recognised as a very serious occupational health issue. Poor management of the risks involved can be very costly to employers in a number of ways, including high levels of absenteeism, increased staff turnover, recruitment costs and insurance premiums, low staff morale and productivity, personal injury claims and enforcement action.”



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