Quarter of bosses ‘would ring staff on holiday’

A quarter of bosses think it is acceptable to ring employees while they are on holiday, according to new research.

A quarter of bosses think it is acceptable to ring employees while they are on holiday, according to new research.

A study of 2,000 employers by Virgin Atlantic shows one in three bosses reckon that staff should expect to be called whilst on holiday if they have failed to tie things up properly before jetting off.

More than one in ten managers think that if employees are provided with a company mobile phone they should be open to receiving calls when on annual leave.

Four in ten managers say they are much more likely to ring an employee if they have not travelled too far away and, according to the survey, workers are most likely to get bothered if they visit Devon, The Lake District and Cornwall, whereas, very few bosses would disturb a holiday further afield like the Caribbean or Thailand. 

Some 14 per cent of no-nonsense employers have even telephoned a worker to reprimand them whilst they are away on annual leave. Nearly a quarter of adults (23 per cent) said they simply don’t get paid enough to have their holiday disturbed by their employer and over a quarter refuse to let work take over their holiday. However,  typically they check their phone up to 12 times a day, although 80 per cent said they do this more out of habit than necessity.

The poll found that 20 per cent of workers actually expect to get calls when whilst on holiday, but find it extremely annoying. It also emerged that in a typical two-week holiday the average adult sends nine work related texts or emails. One in five workers said it didn’t bother them that much when they get calls from the office whilst on holiday, although nearly have ignored calls whilst holidaying.





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