Employees in Britain find it hard to leave their work in the office, according to a survey from Interoute Telecommunications.
The investigation found that as many as 30 per cent of workers called their office while on holiday this summer either by telephone, mobile phone, email or fax.
According to the survey, which covered 1,000 businesses around the UK, 40 per cent of respondents said they called their offices three or more times while on holiday and most admitted that although it was not essential to make contact, they thought it would make a good impression among their co-workers.
More than two thirds of those that called said it was advantageous or necessary to check up on work and staff.
Tom Frankfurt, Interoute’s vice president and director of marketing, said: “Lower rates and a greater choice of services have made it much cheaper and more convenient to call the UK from abroad - which is probably why more people are tempted to ring their office.”
Interoute said the survey reinforces other research in the UK, which shows that the pressure of work is now eating into holiday time and that people are finding it difficult to ‘switch off’ while they are away from the office.
Dr Colin Selby, an occupational psychologist and director at Selby Millsmith thought the reasons for calling the office were “not really an economic rationale”. He said that rather than the large percentage of workers ringing the office due to cheaper telephone services, it is probably due to management styles and attitudes to work.
“Management styles are very fear driven today. Employees ring their office as they have high levels of insecurity and feel they may miss out if they don’t make contact. Individuals have a high identification with their work as it is a source of self esteem,” he said.
“Employees in Britain work longer hours than other European countries and often prefer work to other activities. You would need to look at other countries that offer cheaper telephone services to see if that is an important factor,” he noted.
Interoute, which offers telephone services in Europe, commissioned the research from the Jamieson Conusltancy.
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