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    How are you spending the summer?

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    PA Life readers have revealed how they’ve spent the summer, with many admitting they don’t have the time to spend out of the office. Half of those who responded to our latest Twitter poll admitted they will be getting outside this summer, as results showed that 50% of our readers are taking holiday before autumn sets in.

    This comes following news that British workers don’t feel comfortable taking time off work, either down to guilt of piling on the pressure to other colleagues or even simply because they can’t afford to be absent.  One in seven workers lose almost five days of holiday allowance a year because they can’t find the time, with 39% of our readers agreeing they’re simply too busy.

    Some of you aren’t going to let the summer get away from you, however, with 6% planning to enjoy the setting sun with friends and taking plenty of nights out to tackle the lack of freedom during the day. Sometimes future plans get in the way of summer fun, however. Booking up winter holidays are regularly popular alternatives while some workers found they couldn’t take the time away from the office as they prepare for changes in their own life.

    Plenty of employees see a dip in their productivity through the summer, and parents can be particularly affected when they know they’re missing out on time spent with their children through the school holidays. Some bosses have even implemented smart working schemes to help boost efficiency by letting staff spend more time out of the office this year.

    How are you spending the summer? Let us know on Twitter, Facebook or LinkedIn.

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    Toby Cruse

    Content Writer - PA Life

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