Managers take work on holiday

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It’s not just the family who are going on a summer break these days – work is tagging along as well.

Employment law firm Peninsula has carried out a survey which revealed that managers/executives spend an average of six hours and 40 minutes answering work emails during a 10 day break.

Of the 85% of managers/executives who check their work email while on holiday, 79% do so daily – and 74% of employers expected their management team to make contact with them during their holiday.

Peter Done, managing director of Peninsula said: “If you find yourself sitting on a beach checking your work email from your laptop and a glass of sangria in hand, close your laptop and start enjoying your holiday.

“Employees are becoming slaves to modern technology and because email has made it easier than ever to keep in constant contact with the office, they are finding it hard to get a true break from work.

“Holiday entitlements are there for a reason and employees should be using this time to relax and re-charge themselves. Employers should not expect workers to be in, or make contact when they are on holiday.

“Having a meeting with the employee before they go away and delegating work where possible will make both the employer and employee feel a lot calmer. Any work that cannot be delegated should be planned into the employer’s diary ready for their return.”

To read Nigel Paine's article on the hyperconnected click here

What the TrainingZone newsdesk wants to know is whether you think people are more receptive to training following a break? As many people have a break during July and August, is September a particularly good month for training?

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