Who picks up the slack while you're on holiday?


Who picks up the slack while you're on holiday?

Xtra! recently reported that ITers were taking their stress with them on holiday but a new survey has shown that temperatures are also soaring for those workers left behind, writes Nathalie Towner.

Eighty-six per cent of staff claim the resource gap created by colleagues taking holidays creates a drastic increase in workloads and sends stress levels sky-high.

According to a survey by recruitment consultancy Office Angels more than 67% of office staff claim they work about six hours a week extra covering for absent colleagues.

The survey, conducted among 1,500 office employees and employers, shows 64% of office workers dread the summer months. Only 25% prefer the positive aspect of summer in the office - the peace and quiet when people are away.

More than two-thirds (70%) of employees say a major bone of contention with holidaying colleagues is inadequate hand-over: 35% complain about being left to shoulder the extra workload, through sacrificing their lunch breaks; while 20% stay late at the office.

Despite the complaints more than half (52%) will complete work delegated by colleagues who are on holiday, as they expect the favour to be returned.

Only 10% find it acceptable to ignore work piling up in the in-trays of colleagues who are away.

Now that the holiday season is nearly over ITers could capitalise on the long lead-time and begin to prepare those hand-over notes for Christmas.

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