Magazine article Management Services

"All Work and No Holidays"

Magazine article Management Services

"All Work and No Holidays"

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Nearly a quarter of self-confessed workaholics (22%) do not take a single paid day's holiday each year, a nationwide survey commissioned by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) has found. Meanwhile, over one in ten "long hours workers" - which include those who do not describe themselves as workaholic but who work more than 48 hours - do not take a single paid day's holiday each year. One in five long hours workers (22%) take 10 days holiday or less.

Commenting on the survey findings, Mike Emmott, employee relations adviser at the CIPD said: "Workers should take holidays and avoid working excessively long hours both from a personal and career perspective as this can put a strain on relationships with partners, children and friends. Long-suffering spouses and cohabiting partners tend to consider it a price worth paying if it guarantees a decent standard of living."

Emmott continued: "What should also not be overlooked is that excessive hours can have a negative effect on job performance and cause costly or reputation-- damaging mistakes. Employers need therefore to ensure that they do everything in their power to improve productivity through efficiency improvements rather than by overloading their staff."

Key findings

* More than a quarter (29%) of partners with children of school age or younger say that the time the `long hours' worker spends at work has either a quite or a very negative effect on his/her relationship with their children. More than a third report that the children have complained that they don't see enough of the parent who works more than 48 hours a week (35%).

* 27% of partners say that the `long hours' parent hasn't always seen the children before they go to bed and a similar number state that he/she hasn't always had enough time to help the children with their homework.

* Most `long hours' workers themselves feel that they have struck the wrong work/life balance, with 56% saying that they have dedicated too much of their life to work. …

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