UK workers favour stress-busting short breaks

Short
breaks are taking over from traditional summer holidays and lead to higher
productivity at work, according to new research.

A
survey from Reed.co.uk shows that the UK’s attitude towards holidays is
changing and that UK workers are set to take 82,763,000 short breaks this year.

Of
more than 6,500 people surveyed, less then one in three (30 per cent) will be
taking a traditional fortnight’s summer holiday, while 70 per cent say they are
more likely to take short breaks than they were five years ago.

Two-thirds
of UK employees feel that shorter breaks lead to higher productivity when
compared with traditional two-week holidays.

Workers
also believe short breaks make the return to work less stressful because they
don’t have to face big back-logs of work on their return.

"Short
holidays mean that things can generally wait until you get back" said one
respondent. Another put in more bluntly when they said "there is less work
to catch up on and fewer mistakes to correct caused by those people who have
attempted to cover for you".

Martin
Warnes, Reed.co.uk’s head of operations, said: "The UK appears to be
undergoing a shift in attitudes towards holidays. While factors like the
increase of cheap flights and last minute deals play their part, it seems many
people also find that short breaks cut down workplace stress."

By Quentin Reade

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