Thirty-Six Percent of Employed Workers in Europe Don't Plan to Take a Holiday in 2009

Concerns about the economy and personal finances have workers rethinking holiday plans, according to a recent survey by CareerBuilder. Thirty-six percent of employed workers in Europe reported they are not planning to take a holiday in 2009, similar to findings reported by U.S. workers in a separate survey. Of those not planning to take a holiday, 41 percent of European workers said they simply can't afford it while another 10 percent are worried about taking days away from the office in an economy where so many jobs have been lost.

For European workers who are not going on a formal holiday, but are taking days off from work, the most popular way they will be spending their time away from the office is looking for another employer. Twenty-one percent of workers plan to search for a job during their time away from the office. Others plan to visit with family and friends (17 percent), read/write (15 percent), catch up on sleep (11 percent) and do household chores (10 percent). Working another job and volunteering were also included in plans.

Of those workers taking a formal holiday in 2009, 58 percent said they will take a holiday closer to home; 31 percent will stay within their respective countries. Nearly half of workers (48 percent) expect to spend the same amount of money on their holiday as last year; 32 percent will spend less than last year while 20 percent will spend more.

Whether you are going on a formal holiday or just taking a few days to recharge at home, experts at CareerBuilder recommend the following tips to help ensure your time away from the office is stress-free:

  1. Plan ahead. Schedule time off before or after major projects.
  2. Leave a roadmap. Alert other workers of important deadlines and key
     contacts that may come up while you are gone.
  3. Stick to a schedule. If you need to check in with the office, set a
     certain time when you will be available to answer calls or check
     emails. Don't let holiday activities be interrupted by work.

  Survey Methodology

This survey was conducted online by CareerBuilder among 1,025 employed workers across Europe who have utilized CareerBuilder in the past. The survey was conducted from May 26 to June 4, 2009. With a probability sample of 1,025, one could say with a 95 percent probability that the overall results have a sampling error of +/- 3.06 percentage points.

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