Two in five will work while on holiday

Two in five will work while on holiday

Although the summer holidays are seen as an extended period of time in which to relax and rejuvenate, more and more professionals are choosing to work instead.

Two in five employees plan to complete job-related tasks during their summer holiday this year, with more than just simple projects on their to-do lists, according to research by workplace provider Regus.

More than a third of employees will put in between one and three hours of work each day while on holiday, the study of 5,000 professionals revealed, and one in ten expect to spend more than this time on projects.

This suggests that many people simply cannot switch off from their job, but Regus argues that this is because our "always-on" culture and pressure facing staff in the economic downturn mean they cannot afford to take a proper holiday in the traditional sense of the word.

Steve Purdy, UK managing director at Regus, said that working on holiday is usually portrayed in negative terms, but this shouldn't always be the case. 

"Certainly it can be a sign that workers are overstretched, stressed and insecure in their jobs. But workstations are becoming part of life for the growing numbers of entrepreneurs who simply cannot switch off – and may not want to," he explained.

Mr Purdy also added that modern technology such as cloud computing and free conference call solutions mean that business owners and employees can easily holiday with their family without having to abandon their work for long periods of time.

For this reason, Regus advises people to include some time into their holiday for work, rather than not taking a holiday at all, or getting behind on job-related tasks.

The key is to impose "rigid rules", Mr Purdy suggests. For example, limit work to certain hours in the morning or evening so that it is productive, doesn't encroach on relaxing, holiday time or turn into a 'workation', rather than a vacation.