By Daniel Hunter

UK workers are more likely to look for a new job after returning from a summer holiday, and believe it’s the employer’s responsibility to keep them motivated through the post-summer blues.

A new survey from jobs board, CV-Library, found that 52.7% of workers start looking for a new job after they return from a summer holiday. And more than a third (34.1%) feel their employer puts too much pressure on them immediately after returning to work.

And more than half of those surveyed said it is the employer's responsibility to motivate them as the summer months wind down.

Lee Biggins, founder and managing director of CV-Library, said: “The data suggests that UK professionals aren’t able to fully disconnect from work during their holidays, leading to feelings of resentment upon their return. Ultimately this is bad news for employers as workers increasingly feel it’s their responsibility to keep morale high. If employees don’t feel appreciated in the coming autumn months, more and more workers will look for a new job.”

CV-Library called on employers to give more support to workers who are in transition back into work after summer holidays and into the winter period.

Nearly four in ten workers said that getting back into a routine is the hardest part of returning to work. Just under 30% said they wish their employer was more understanding, citing catching up on the past few weeks as the hardest part.

“Many businesses see a slump in productivity as summer comes to a close, but it’s a critical time for many companies to reach targets before Q4 rolls around,” added Biggins.

“Our survey shows that by simply offering a few additional perks and providing adequate support, UK businesses will better motivate employees and could ultimately improve employee retention during a time when many workers look at making a career change.”