Trips away and holidays abroad offer the perfect opportunity to escape from the stresses and strains of everyday life, and instead relax and unwind. However, a recent study by Travel Republic has found that women are much better at disconnecting then men, with over 40% of male respondents checking their work emails whilst on annual leave.
It would seem that men and women are in fact on completely different pages when it comes to working on your holidays, with nearly 55% of female respondents saying they would never check their emails during a break.
The survey, which questioned 1,000 office workers, also found that this work/holiday divide had caused arguments between couples, with 70% of women admitting to seriously disliking their partner checking their work emails during their trip.
The results also showed that younger travellers are worst at working during their well-deserved breaks, with nearly 40% responding to work emails compared to only 29% of respondents aged 45-54.
Unfortunately this attitude to time off probably reflects the difficulties of the last few years caused by the UK economy, meaning that conscientious Brits find it extremely hard to switch off from the pressure of keeping everything going.
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However, the annoyed partner in your life is correct – it is really important for you to disconnect from work and home whilst away. Annual leave is precious, so next time you plan a trip try turning your emails off and letting your out of office do its job – get some sunshine, let your brain relax and have fun with the people you love most. This will allow you to return to work ready and raring to go, rejuvenated and full of enthusiasm instead of always feeling burnt out.