Employees planning and reminiscing about holidays is costing employers £478 each per person, according to new research.
89% of staff surveyed admitted that they were ‘much less productive’ before and after a holiday.
British workers spend an average of 32 office hours in total thinking, researching, planning, booking and daydreaming about their holiday, a survey of 1,885 full-time workers by sunshine.co.uk revealed.
Brits spent an average of six hours in the office reminiscing about their trip once they returned, according to the survey.
The above means that employees lack productivity for a total of 38 hours around the time of a holiday and with the average salary £12.60 per hour, the cost to employers is an estimated £478.80 per employee.
“As soon as you book a holiday, it’s easy to get caught up in all the excitement and for the trip to be on your mind 24/7,” explains Chris Clarkson, Managing Director of sunshine.co.uk.
“Employers are clearly losing out due to staff members whose productivity levels plummet before and just after a holiday, so perhaps they need to keep a closer eye on those who will be jetting off abroad in the coming weeks to check they’re doing what they’re paid for and not gossiping about the scuba diving excursion they’ve planned!’”
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