A new study revealed that many people who work long hours need a holiday at every 62 days in order to escape stress and burn out. Stress workers are susceptible to errors and health hazards if they continue to work without ‘escaping’ from time to time.
In a research made by Post Office Travel Insurance, about 23 percent of employees feel a level of stress which utterly demands a holiday once every month or so. 25 percent of all workers are actually taking the time off to detach themselves from the tiresome schedules, while 44 percent work continuously for a period of up to six months.
The common employee takes the first holiday of the year in April. What is staggering is the fact that only 6 percent of all employees go on holiday just to spend the actual given time.
Prof. Cary Cooper from the Organizational Psychology and Health at Lancaster University believes that routine actions are the main culprits when it comes to stress. He said: “Redundancies have led to a fall in numbers. Remaining staff work longer and harder. Workers should take a break every few months otherwise they will burn out. People who fail to go on holiday are more likely to be aggressive. They may struggle to sleep. Overworking depresses your immune system making it more likely you will catch a cold. And you’re more prone to mistakes.”
According to the study, about half of those who spend a complete 48 hours in off-duty relaxation feel “fully refreshed”. Only 7 percent get to ease up the nerves during their second week, and 4 percent “never” manage to completely renounce the stress. Post Office Travel Insurance agrees that employees need at least one vacation at every 62 days in order to keep their mental health safe and sound, as well as their work quality.
Those 44 percent need to consider taking a break more often because not only they will loose the professional ‘grip’, but also they health condition. The brain needs to “cool off” every once in a while, and Easter, Christmas, or New Year’s Eve don’t count as holiday-only times.
This means that many should acknowledge the need for more holidays when feeling downtrodden and low on energy.