Australia worst for work

Australian employees are among the worst in the world for checking work emails on break

Australia worst for work
Australians are among the worst in the world for working during holidays

Australian employees are among the world’s most addicted to checking work emails during holidays with over 35 per cent planning to monitor their accounts regularly over the Christmas break, a new survey shows.

This compares to 26 per cent of British workers, 29 per cent of Canadian and 25 per cent of New Zealand employees planning to check emails during the festive season.

The Randstad Workmonitor, which surveys over 400 Australians every quarter, reveals only 22 per cent of employees are expected to be available over the break.

Group Director of HR & recruitment specialists Steve Shepherd says while it’s good to see employees want to remain productive over the holidays, it’s also important they take time out to rejuvenate and unwind.

"We all know the business world doesn’t stop over summer, however it’s important employees are encouraged to take a well-earned break over the Christmas period in order to recharge for the upcoming year," he says.

"While this can be difficult in a high-paced, high performing environment, and with technologies making it easier than ever to be at work from anywhere in the world, all of us should try to make a point of switching off for even a small part of the festive period."

Shepherd says no matter what time of year, it’s important workers make the most of their annual leave and use the time to truly relax and have a break.

And for those employees who need to work over the Christmas period, Shepherd says it’s important these workers are rewarded appropriately.

"Not every office will be able to close down over the Christmas period, and there will be many Australians around the country who’ll find themselves working for a period of time over the festive season," he says.

"So for those who have to work, employers just need to ensure the efforts of their employees are acknowledged and appreciated."

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