Whilst a week in a UK holiday park or a few days camping by the seaside used to be enough to please our ancestors, a quarter of todays workers now feel so pressured at work that they are ‘desperate’ to getaway every few weeks.
The survey revealed that in order to stay focused at work we need to take ourselves on a break at least every 62 days, with those who wait longer than two months standing an increased risk of becoming anxious, aggressive and ill.
However, understandably work and home commitments mean that very few of us are able to take a short break every couples of months, with almost half (44 per cent) going without a holiday for half a year or more.
Though some individuals do take a while to let their stresses and strains go, the majority find they feel more relaxed as soon as they begin their getaway with over 50 per cent of those surveyed feeling ‘fully refreshed’ after just one or two days away from the office.
Organisational psychology and health professor, Cary Cooper, has said that redundancies across the country have led to the number of employees falling in workplaces but not the workload. This means that as a result, many employees are working harder and longer for no extra benefits.
‘People who fail to go on holiday are more likely to become anxious, aggressive and withdrawn. They may also develop aches and pains and struggle to sleep. Over-working depresses your immune system, making it more likely you will catch a cold or the flu.’ She said.
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