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Stressed? It’s not the vacation … it’s the return

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The latest source of stress for workers isn’t their mountainous workload or difficult co-workers. It’s their vacations.

A recent Randstad Work Watch survey reveals that a large percentage of employees find taking time off for vacation difficult.

When asked what they found difficult about it, they responded:

  • First day back in the office after vacation: 77%
  • The last day in the office before vacation: 44%
  • Giving up control of responsibilities: 30%
  • Finding out that my absence was not missed: 10%
  • Missing out on gossip: 4%

Not everyone is taking vacation this year. In a recent Newsvine poll, one-third of respondents said all trips were off, while another 10% said they didn’t have time or money for a vacation in the first place.

Sources: Randstad; Newsvine.

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