A study has found that over a quarter of British workers felt more productive after taking a holiday, wsandb.co.uk reports.
Emphasising the importance of taking a decent break every now and then, the survey by LV = found that a large number of holiday-makers feel refreshed and rested after their trip to sunnier climes. The resulting physical and mental improvements lead to greater productivity when back in the office.
While the findings won't come as too much of a surprise, the study did find that one in five employees did not take their full holiday entitlement, due to a demanding workload or for scheduling reasons. Additionally, many other respondents said that they struggled to forget about work while they were on holiday.
These findings surely highlight the importance of incorporating once-in-a-lifetime activities into a break, ones that will leave holiday-makers forgetting all about their job. Attending an open-air performance at the Verona Opera, for example, taking a cruise along the River Nile or spotting wildlife on a Botswana safari ought to keep thoughts of the inbox at bay.
That is, unless they happen to meet the boss abroad. According to mathematician Katie Chicot, speaking to bbc.co.uk, the chances of picking the same holiday destination as the office manager are not as remote as first thought.
"At any one time, a travel agent will have the same best deal on offer," Chicot explains. "So if two people walk into the same travel agent within a similar period of time and [have] similar holiday requirements, it's very likely they are going to be offered the same holiday."
The lesson, therefore, is to opt for a unique holiday experience.