Can’t stop thinking about work while on vacation?

A recent study in the UK showed that 29% of employees found their holidays to be more stressful than relaxing.

Employees just cannot seem to stop working, even when they are on vacation on a tropical island thousands of miles away.

A recent study commissioned by revealed the worrying trend of many employees spending at least 15 minutes a day thinking about work even when away on holiday.  

It was also revealed that one in three English employees keep their phones turned on and close to them for up to two days in case work crops up, while one in five said they check their work emails frequently during vacation so that their minds are at ease that all is well back at work.

In fact, of the 2,000 survey respondents, 29% said their holidays are more stressful than relaxing.

Pressure and high expectations from employers are the main reasons for employees being unable to enjoy their holidays without work distractions, said Paul Hopkinson, a spokesperson for

“Increasingly, workers are asked to be more contactable and as a result it can be much harder to separate work and leisure time,” he said.

He added that a proper holiday away from work is important, so that people return to work relaxed, happy and fresh.

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