19 August 2019 | Herpreet Kaur Grewal
More than half of workers in the UK have experienced 'guilty vacation syndrome', according to a survey by employee experience platform Perkbox.
Perkbox conducted a survey of 1,342 people and found that this feeling is felt by 66 per cent across the country and could, in fact, be a key trigger that's increasing workplace burnout.
The company defines guilty vacation syndrome as the "nagging urge to cancel or delay a vacation due to guilt".
Those most in need of a break from work tend to suffer most frequently from the syndrome and feel like they should not take a holiday. But it's common knowledge that taking breaks from work is essential to recharge and catch up on important personal time.
Take time off also helps to prevent the build-up of workplace stress causing more serious effects in the long-term. Unfortunately, stress makes people feel they cannot afford to take time away.