After a stressful year, a third of white-collar professionals surveyed plan to take much-needed three-week vacation

After more than a year of staying home, working long hours in the evenings and on weekends, being afraid of losing your job, and fearful of catching Covid-19, it’s time to take a good vacation. deserved.

According to a study from Robert Half, a large global recruiting company, “Many workers are exhausted and ready to make up for lost vacations.” About 44% of those surveyed said they were ‘more exhausted at work today compared to a year ago, compared to 34% in a similar survey 2020. About 50% experienced ‘increased fatigue’ and attributed it to a ‘heavier workload’.

Now that we enter summer with millions of Americans vaccinated, states reopened and the economy and employment marketing improving, there is pent-up demand for the escape. About a third of survey respondents said they would take a vacation for three weeks or more. Almost 60% foresee an “absence” fortravel and completely disconnect from work; in comparison, 32% prefer a staycation, and only 11% prefer a “workcation” or a vacation that combines work and leisure. “

Free time was hard earned. When workers were sent home at the start of the pandemic, there was unspoken pressure that people had to spend more hours without any pay increase.

While about 80 million Americans filed for unemployment during the pandemic, white-collar workers were understandably worried about keeping their jobs. They were prepared to endure the hard hours and stress to save their livelihood.

A Harvard business school study, which included more than 3 million people working from home, found that “increased average working day by 8.2% ”at the start of the epidemic. For many people, the working day lengthens considerably over time. This had disastrous consequences for remote workers. The burnout rate, according to a study by Indeed, job aggregation site reached epic proportions.

The unfortunate part was that conscientious employees did not reap the rewards for letting the lines between work and life erode. A recent UK study showed the results of working from home during the period between 2011 and 2020. remote workers did not do very well.

People who worked primarily from home were half as likely to be promoted. About 38% of remote workers did not receive a bonus. Teleworkers worked an average of six hours of unpaid overtime per week in 2020, and remote staff worked until late into the evening. The absenteeism rate for home professionals was 0.9% on average in 2020.

With the long hours, the stress that comes with it, largely without monetary rewards or tokens of appreciation, it’s understandable that people are eager to relax and unwind.

Airbnb, the short-term house and apartment share company, said it expects “a travel bounce unlike anything we’ve seen before. Witnessing the “getaway” mindset, Airbnb said in a letter to shareholders that its home-sharing business model is doing well, because “customers don’t just travel on Airbnb, they live on Airbnb.” for longer periods of time than in the past.

According to the Wall Street newspaper, “Passenger volumes at US airports hit pandemic records” two weekends ago with “more than 1.7 million people passing through airport security. »United Airlines is addition of more than 400 daily flights to its July program and by increasing service to reopened European destinations. The move marks United’s biggest monthly schedule since before the pandemic. Summer travel is up 214% from 2020 levels.

Paul McDonald, Senior Managing Director of Robert Half, said: “After enduring over a year of long hours and little free time, many workers feel exhausted and need a break to relax and cool off. . He added: “Running on empty can have a negative effect on the mental health and well-being of employees, and managers should make it a priority to encourage their teams to enjoy a well-deserved vacation.”

McDonald’s gave some advice to business leaders: “Managers can foster a vacation-friendly culture by going out on their own and disconnecting as much as possible when they do. Planning for staff absences, including bringing in contract professionals, can also help alleviate people’s anxiety. missing work, minimize interruptions and ensure continuous productivity. “

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