For European workers who are not going on a formal holiday, but are taking days off from work, the most popular way they will be spending their time away from the office is looking for another employer. Twenty-one percent of workers plan to search for a job during their time away from the office. Others plan to visit with family and friends (17 percent), read/write (15 percent), catch up on sleep (11 percent) and do household chores (10 percent). Working another job and volunteering were also included in plans.
Of those workers taking a formal holiday in 2009, 58 percent said they will take a holiday closer to home; 31 percent will stay within their respective countries. Nearly half of workers (48 percent) expect to spend the same amount of money on their holiday as last year; 32 percent will spend less than last year while 20 percent will spend more.
Whether you are going on a formal holiday or just taking a few days to recharge at home, experts at CareerBuilder recommend the following tips to help ensure your time away from the office is stress-free:
- Plan ahead. Schedule time off before or after major projects.
- Leave a roadmap. Alert other workers of important deadlines and key contacts that may come up while you are gone.
- Stick to a schedule. If you need to check in with the office, set a certain time when you will be available to answer calls or check emails. Don't let holiday activities be interrupted by work.
This survey was conducted online by CareerBuilder among 1,025 employed workers across
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