By Max Clarke

1 in 3 Brits admits to answering work calls on holiday, with top level management and the over-65s being the most guilty of never switching off from work.

This is according to research carried out by internet telephony company, Gradwell, that also reveals that men are by a clear lead the biggest culprits.

Another third admits to making business calls during annual leave, likely prompting concerns about worker stress levels as more and more find themselves unable to separate themselves from work.

“It is very difficult, particularly in managerial positions, to cut yourself off from the office, especially if you’re staying in the country,” said Gradwell’s managing director, Peter Gradwell. “It is important, though, to have a proper break and I often find that ignoring the phone and coming back for a fresh start after the holiday can give you some perspective on problems or difficult issues in the workplace.

The high proportion of people picking up the phone may suggest that businesses are putting some pressure on staff to work during holidays, again adding to their stress levels.

“The majority of managers have smartphones and work remotely to some extent, which as a business we facilitate, but it’s important to keep a sense of perspective about when it is and is not appropriate to be available to staff, the accountant and every other call you receive during the day,” continued Gradwell.

“It’s certainly a concern if businesses aren’t helping staff take time off, but the responsibility for drawing the line between work and leisure is shared by the company and the individual. Remember that calls can be diverted to other phones, so use this facility and enjoy a decent summer break!”


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