No rest for Middle East employees expected to work on annual leave
More than half of workers in the region say they will still have to work during their vacation this year, according to research, which pollsters said highlights the “death of the summer holiday".
A global survey by serviced office provider Regus, which polled 16,000 people in more than 80 countries, found that many of us will do well to leave work behind with our colleagues when we depart on annual leave.
The firm found that 57 per cent of Middle East workers will “not be relaxing properly this summer” as they try to fit in up to three hours work per day on holiday.
The company says that 24 per cent of workers polled in the region - or a “hardcore minority of serious workaholics” - will do several hours of work each day on holiday, possibly “neglecting loved ones” in the process.
“Burning the midnight oil in a usually unsuccessful attempt to work and take an active part in the family holiday can only bring workers ones step closer to burnout and spoils the fun for everyone,” said Joanne Bushell, Regus vice president for the Middle East and Africa.
“Businesses need to urgently look at ways of increasing efficiency and productivity to save their staff from carrying work over into their personal time if they want to ensure that staff remains happy, healthy and productive,” the Regus executive added.
Do you find it acceptable to work through your 'vacation'? What do you think of the state of employment rights and productivity in the Middle East?
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