31 July 2019 | Herpreet Kaur Grewal
A new report states that 57 per cent of HR professionals have noticed staff suffering from burnout over the summer.
The Wellbeing Index report from Westfield Health also states that despite recovery time being essential to wellbeing, summer can actually be a pressure-filled season, particularly for working parents and under-34s.
Leavism, which is when employees continue to work outside of contracted hours or whilst on annual leave, becomes an issue, with over a third of people feeling like their employer expects them to be on standby or thinking about work during annual leave.
In addition, 11 per cent admit to responding to work emails or calls whilst on holiday.
For many, a lack of recovery time in summer creates "a vicious cycle" that can lead to burnout.
Between picking up tasks from absent colleagues at work to busier social lives at home, summer can lead to increased pressure and stress.
The World Health Organisation has recognised burnout as an "occupational phenomenon".