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Summer Holidays – Hotly Anticipated or Stress fest?


· Irish Workers find the time leading up to their holidays’ one of the most stressful times of the year.

· One third of workers claim it takes up to three days to unwind!

· 1 in two tempted to stay on in holiday resort and start a new life, leaving their Irish Jobs behind

22.05.08; It would seem that the annual summer holiday may not be as hotly anticipated as it once was with some workers complaining that they have to work up to 50 extra hours in the weeks before and after they go. That is according to a new survey by on workers attitudes to summer holidays.

The survey revealed that many Irish workers may not be getting the benefit that they need from their annual break. Over 55% of respondents found the time leading up to their holidays was one of the most stressful times of the year. One out of every three respondents claim they have to work from 10 to 20 hours extra at their job on either side of their holiday to make up for their time off and one third of workers claim it takes up to three days to wind down once on holidays. Over one third say their holiday buzz disappears as soon as they walk back in the door of the office with 37% stating they dread going back to their jobs in Ireland.

Emma Henry of, commenting on the survey said, “The importance of having a break from work shouldn’t be underestimated – it boosts productivity, motivation and morale. One of the more startling facts to arise from the survey is that, one in five workers state they don’t actually take their full holiday entitlement with nearly half of these saying it is because they are too busy and 20% stating that it is not the done thing in their company or they feel it would effect their promotional prospects. Recruit Ireland would recommend employers encourage staff to take their full holiday entitlement and allow them to have a proper break without calls or emails from work unless absolutely necessary.”

However, some Irish workers still find that once on holiday they can relax with just over half of respondents stating they mange to switch off completely from their jobs once away. A resounding 85% said they did not miss work while on holidays. And when the holidays are over 57% said they are disappointed holidays are over but don’t mind going back to work.

Finally, a warning to Irish employers! One in three respondents stated that they think about changing career while on holidays and over half of the respondents claimed that they have at one point or another been tempted to find a job in the holiday resort and start a completely new life.


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