Mental health: Take a break: what a holiday does to your health

In Australia, full-time construction workers work an average of 48 hours per week in their main job which is above the national average of hours worked per week. This doesn’t include at-home admin time business owners put into quoting, invoicing and job management.

And it’s not uncommon for us to speak to a NextMinute customer in the United Kingdom who is staying up until 9pm, catching up on reporting because they’ve been working on-site since 6am.

It’s an industry that is used to hard work and pushing the limits of hours worked per week. This is why it’s important to take time off, and the research suggests it can improve mental wellbeing AND work productivity. As the saying goes, Work Hard, Play Hard!

Check these out below:

  • Improved mental health: Studies have shown that taking regular vacations can reduce stress, improve mood, and enhance mental well-being. A survey by the American Psychological Association found that vacations significantly lower stress levels and increase overall happiness.
  • Enhanced productivity: Working constantly without breaks can lead to burnout and decreased productivity. Research conducted by the U.S. Travel Association revealed that employees who take regular vacations are more productive, focused, and motivated in their work.
  • Reduced risk of heart disease: Multiple studies have linked the frequency of vacations to a lower risk of heart disease. The Framingham Heart Study, for example, found that women who took vacations once every six years or less were almost eight times more likely to develop heart disease than those who took at least two vacations per year.
  • Increased creativity and problem-solving abilities: Stepping away from daily routines and immersing oneself in new environments during a holiday can stimulate creativity and enhance problem-solving skills. According to a study published in the Journal of Organisational Behaviour, employees who took vacations reported higher levels of creativity and job performance.
  • Improved relationships: Taking a holiday allows individuals to spend quality time with their loved ones and strengthen personal relationships. According to a survey by the U.S. Travel Association, couples who travel together reported higher satisfaction in their relationships compared to those who did not take vacations together.
  • Work-life balance: Taking a holiday helps individuals maintain a healthy work-life balance. It allows time for relaxation, self-care, and pursuing personal interests, which in turn reduces the risk of burnout and improves overall happiness.
  • Increased job satisfaction: Employees who take vacations tend to have higher job satisfaction levels. A survey conducted by Robert Half found that 61% of employees who take regular vacations reported being satisfied with their jobs, compared to only 39% of those who rarely took time off.

So if you’re feeling a little deflated and in need of some serious TLC, it’s time to book that holiday. Margaritas anyone? 🍸

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