Nearly half of workers in the Midlands will return from their summer holiday to a mountain of work, according to research released by Manpower.
The recruitment company has conducted a survey of 1,800 people to find out what happens to people's workloads whilst they are on holiday.
It may not be a surprise to find out their survey revealed that 43 per cent of people stated their work is simply left to pile up whilst they are away. Even more interesting is the seven per cent who admitted they are regularly contacted whilst on holiday.
Only ten per cent of those surveyed said their employer hires temporary workers to cover holiday leave, with a large proportion (40 per cent) stating that colleagues are expected to take on additional work to cover for staff holidays.
Greg Teare, operations director, Manpower UK, said: "Summer holidays should be about completely relaxing and forgetting the daily routine. This won't happen if people spend their holiday worrying about what work is piling up, how many emails are in their inbox or the additional burden their holiday is causing colleagues.
"Employees returning from stress- free holidays feel relaxed and motivated, which in turn increases their productivity. It's therefore beneficial for employers to find ways to ensure their staff really can relax while away, and hiring temporary workers to cover the holiday period can be a way of doing this."