A recent survey has shown that employees begin to suffer from work fatigue just eight weeks after returning from a holiday and that most workers take time off from their jobs just twice a year or less.

Apparently the average British employee should take more time off – every 56 days, according to recent research.

The survey, which was conducted and commissioned by Holiday Hypermarket, asked 2,000 employees when they start to feel tired and stressed from their jobs after returning from a holiday.  Based on the results, employees’ productivity levels began to drop just eight weeks after returning to work.

Despite this fairly consistent drop in performance, the majority of employees only take time off twice a year or less.  Almost 30% holiday twice per year, while 20% take time off on an annual basis.  8% indicated that they had not taken a holiday in the past year.

Interestingly, a majority (77%) of the respondents believe that going more than a year without a break from work is bad for their health.

When workers need a holiday, it is not just their energy and performance levels that suffer; their motivation also drops.  26% of the survey participants admitted that they “can't be bothered to do things properly”.

“It’s no surprise that we lose that ‘refreshed’ feeling so soon after returning from holiday,” explains the general manager at Holiday Hypermarket, Kay Dixon.  “With such pressure to get back into the normal routine, it can feel like our time spent relaxing abroad was just a dream.  But as the research shows, throwing ourselves back into work too hard can mean we feel the need for another holiday very quickly.”

Managers and human resource professionals should take these survey results into account when motivating and encouraging their team.