Council managers fail to take holiday this summer due to workload
Managers in local government are not taking a holiday this year in a bid not to fall behind with work, according to research by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI).
The survey found that under half have booked a summer holiday, with 63% saying they won’t use up their leave due to their workload.
Of those that are going on holiday, 4% will check emails daily and 18% will check in ‘most days’. Less than half of those surveyed say they never check emails while away.
Under half of managers in local government have booked a summer holiday.
Petra Wilton, CMI’s director of strategy, said: ‘With the economy in a rut, managers are working harder and longer. It’s about time some of them took a well-earned break, which will pay dividends when they come back healthier, happier and full of renewed energy and enthusiasm.
‘Of course taking time off can be tricky, but by arming yourself with the skills and techniques you need to manage yourself and your teams effectively, you can make the most of your time at work – and make it easier to take a break.’
Of those surveyed, while 38% of managers said a holiday refreshed them for work, nearly 15% said they had to work extra hours before and after going away to make up for it.