Stat of the day: 62

The number of days employees can work before needing a holiday, according to research.

by Elizabeth Anderson
Last Updated: 09 Oct 2013
If that yearning to get away from the office is getting stronger, don’t be surprised: longer working hours and heavier workloads means workers need a break at least every 62 days to avoid burning out, a survey suggests.

That works out at six holidays a year – or once every two months. Workers who went longer without a holiday said they were more likely to become anxious and irritable, the research by Post Office Travel Insurance found. Fortunately, British regulations mean workers are entitled to 20 days off a year – so you can at least be grateful you’re not working in the US, where there isn’t a legal mandate on employers to provide any time off.

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