That’s according to research commissioned by Perkbox, which suggests the trend might be the reason burnout is on the rise.
To be exact, 67% of employed females and 59% of employed males have experienced it in the last year.
Perhaps not surprisingly, the figures get notably worse as employees take on more senior roles and are felt by a whopping 92% of C-suite level management. People managers follow shortly after with 77% at senior level and 71% at
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When it comes to reasons for experiencing ‘guilty vacation syndrome’ – some of the key ones cited by those surveyed include – ‘useless co-workers’, ‘knowing you can do the job better than your co-workers’ and ‘taking holidays during a busy time for the business’, suggesting a potential link between guilty vacation syndrome and poor management.
What’s more, it could be signaling a link between the rise of burnout and the increasing number of Brits taking on senior-level positions prematurely.
So what can managers do to help alleviate this syndrome sweeping across UK workplaces?
Firstly, 34% of employees agree that something as simple as creating a good handover and out of office so that people know what to do in their absence helps them feel calmer and as a result feel that they can properly switch off on vacation. Yet, one in five employees surveyed said their managers don’t lead by example, making it hard for those below them to follow.
Perkbox says further solutions to reduce burnout include those which take place when actually on holiday such as removing email notifications from our phones to avoid temptation, something favoured by 27% of employees, or knowing how to delegate the long list of things left to do before leaving, preferred by 25% and very closely linked to the idea of creating a good handover.
Chieu Cao, Co-founder at Perkbox says: “It’s clear that guilty vacation syndrome is not a fad, it’s something employees feel impacts them and is turning into a serious issue in today’s workplaces. It’s crucial to remember that holiday allowance is there for a reason, to switch off and recharge your batteries. Senior managers should lead by example on this, but to do so, they must be ready to be managers in the first place.