Help your staff switch off this Christmas, writes Cara Jenkin
MANAGERS need to look at how they can increase efficiency and productivity before the summer holiday break to stop workers clocking on during their time off.
Research by business solutions provider Regus finds 46 per cent of professionals surveyed will not properly switch off during their holidays, instead doing between one and three hours of work each day.
Eleven per cent of those professionals believe they will work more than three hours each day. More than one-third, or 37 per cent, say they will attend to significant issues, take calls or answer emails during their break.
Regus Australia country head Jacqueline Lehmann says managers can prevent workers overdoing it instead of relaxing on leave by taking measures early.
‘‘ Managers need to look at how they can increase efficiency and productivity for their workers in the run-up to the Christmas period to avoid as much as possible the need for employees to work over the holidays,’’ she says.
‘‘ For those essential tasks that can’t be avoided, businesses should do whatever they can to reduce the impact of that work on their valuable holiday time. By introducing more flexibility and allowing
possible the need for employees to work over the holidays
workers to access third-place work spaces closer to home during the holiday period, businesses can become more efficient, leaving workers free to switch off on holiday.’’
The survey also finds 43 per cent of professionals at small businesses are likely to work during holidays compared with 24 per cent in large organisations.
‘‘ Developments in technology mean that workers are always connected and the temptation to check emails over the holidays and complete any tasks that follow on from them is easy to succumb to,’’ Lehmann says.
‘‘ With smartphones, tablets and access to web connections everywhere it has become very difficult to really switch off.
‘‘ But taking a break and devoting time to rest, family and friends is vital to remain healthy. This is particularly true in Australia where job stress has become the main reason for work absence.’’
MAKE OR BREAK: Taking leave and devoting time to rest, family and friends is vital to remaining healthy.