‘Holiday fever’ costs employers £500 per member of staff

Planning a holiday, excitement ahead of a trip and time spent reminiscing about the break once home is apparently taking up a lot of British workers’ time and costing employers hundreds of pounds.

In fact, having a member of staff plan and attend a holiday costs a typical employer an average sum of £478 per employee, due to time spent on holiday-related activity when they should be working.

The study, researching the impact that holidays have on the lives of Britons, polled 1,885 adults from around the UK, each of whom was in full time employment and had been on a holiday abroad in the last 12 months. Respondents were asked about their behaviour in the workplace leading up to and after their last holiday.

When asked, ‘how much time did you spend thinking, daydreaming, planning, researching and/or booking your holiday abroad whilst in the workplace before your last trip?’ the average answers accumulated up to ‘32 hours’ in total. Employees were only asked to take the hours into account when they should have been working, as opposed to designated breaks.

All respondents were then asked ‘how much time did you spend reminiscing about your holiday at work once you returned from your last trip and/or looking through photos and talking to colleagues about the holiday?’ The average answer given by respondents was ‘six hours’. 

These results mean that ‘holiday fever’ makes the average employee in Britain less productivity for a total of 38 hours around the time of a holiday.

According to the poll, the average Briton’s salary was £12.60 per hour. This would mean that the average employer loses £478.80 per employee due to the hours they waste on holiday related discussions or planning activity in the run up to the holiday and the period in which they return to work.

When asked if their productivity at work before and after a holiday was affected as a direct result of the trip they were about to or had already taken, 89 per cent of the people taking part admitted they were indeed ‘much less productive’.

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