Time off improves creativity and productivity

Nearly two-thirds of UK workers feel more creative and productive after
going on holiday.

A survey of more than 2,500 workers , released today by internet job site
reed.co.uk, finds holidays also increase creativity. More than three-quarters
of workers say they have their best ideas either when they are on holiday, or
immediately on return.

The findings come at a time when only 44 per cent of the UK’s workforce is
taking full holiday entitlement and one in five take less than a quarter of
their holiday allowance.

Only 39 per cent of male workers take their full holiday leave, compared to
49 per cent of women.

The top reason for not taking holiday is that there is too much work to do,
according to 44 per cent of respondents. The second most common reason on the
list for more than one in 10 (13 per cent), is the fear that taking holidays
harms careers, and could even lead to redundancy. More than half all UK
employers do not insist their staff use their full holiday entitlement.

Reed.co.uk director, Paul Rapacioli, said: "People are just too busy to
go on holiday. Yet our research demonstrates employees are actually more
productive and creative at work after they have taken a break."


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