As the holiday season gets under way a survey by AlphaRooms.com has revealed a shocking 20 million Brits think it’s necessary to take their work on holiday with them.
Two thirds of those questioned by the online travel company admitted to having their holidays interrupted by work, while 80 per cent said they worried about their work while they were abroad.
The AlphaRooms.com survey also found that a third of people take their laptops or Blackberries on holiday, while three-quarters have made or taken a work telephone call while on holiday and 60 per cent have sent a work-related email.
The shocking statistics are proof that today’s technological age means that people are constantly contactable by work, whether it be by mobile, laptop or Blackberry.
AlphaRooms.com is now calling for Blackberries and laptops to be banned from the beach and for a return to holidays being an escape from the trappings of work pressures and day to day stress.
Gareth Hockey, AlphaRooms.com’s online marketing manager, said: “Unfortunately the downside of the communication age in which we live is that we are rarely ever truly out of contact.
“Even when on holiday it’s all too easy to make a work telephone call, send an email or even take our Blackberry or laptop to the beach.
“Holidays should be a time of total rest and relaxation, when work and the stress of day to day life is completely left behind.
“For that reason AlphaRooms.com is calling for the British public to ban their Blackberries from the beach, try to put work out of their mind and use their holiday for fun, relaxation and an opportunity to recharge the batteries.”
The campaign is being supported by The Stress Management Society which says holidays are a vital way to combat stress.
Neil Shah, Director of The Stress Management Society, said: “The purpose of a holiday is to remove yourself from the work environment which is often the cause of stress and it defeats the purpose if you take that work and that stress with you.
“We spend our lives surrounded by technology, talking on our mobile phones, sitting in front of a computer and plugged into iPods, all of which can cause stress.
“People should try where possible to leave their phones and computers behind, spend a few days without electromagentic frequencies interfering with their brains and instead trying to unwind, perhaps by lying on a beach, walking, having a massage or swimming to de-stress.”