Bank holiday drought to cause productivity drop

01-09-2006

UK businesses are facing a plunge in productivity levels as half of employees struggle through a bank holiday "drought", new research claims.

A study for workplace advisors Croner found that with the August Bank Holiday weekend behind us and 84 working days until the next bank holiday – Christmas Day – half of workers surveyed are blaming a lack of holidays for feeling unproductive at work.

Although 39 per cent of the workers polled by YouGov voted for an extra bank holiday in order to refresh themselves, 34 per cent preferred flexible working all year round and 17 per cent wanted an additional day of annual leave to take when it suited them.

Employers addressing productivity issues should look at offering more flexibility in working practices rather than looking at bank holidays, suggested Croner.

"Our research shows that, to improve productivity the most, the majority of employees prefer the option to work flexibly all year round," said the company's employment services director, Richard Smith.

"This sends a clear message to employers that, by introducing a flexible working policy for all staff, they could experience real commercial gains."

Around seven per cent of the employees polled said that having a bank holiday actually reduced their productivity on returning to work.



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