Stressed Britons Taking Regular One-Night Breaks
A new trend has sprung up around the stressed-out British workforce, where unpaid overtime is rising as fast as the levels of stress and illness.
In order to recharge while keeping costs down and saving up annual leave, Britons are forgoing the difficult-to-arrange summer holidays and instead taking regular Saturday night breaks at hotels.
The so-called ΓÇÿNightcationΓÇÖ is becoming increasingly popular in the UK as overtime goes on the rise, according to a survey conducted by the budget hotel chain, Travelodge.
ΓÇ£This year we have experienced a significant rise in just Saturday night bookings compared to previous years,ΓÇ¥ explains Travelodge spokesperson, Shakila Ahmed.
ΓÇ£Our research findings have highlighted that Nightcation breaks are a growing trend amongst Britons as they are an easy to book, cost-effective short break that help workaholic Britons recuperate and recharge for the week ahead.ΓÇ¥
Working Hours Rising
The ΓÇÿalways-onΓÇÖ culture inspired by remote access to work emails at all hours of the day and night has largely been held to blame for the increasing number of unpaid hours racked up in the UK. (Remote Access Amounts to 23 DaysΓÇÖ Overtime)
ΓÇ£Cramming an extra weekΓÇÖs worth of work into an average week shows danger signs of us becoming a nation of workaholics, heading for serious psychological and physical ΓÇÿburnoutΓÇÖ,ΓÇ¥ says Corinne Sweet, author of Change Your Life with CBT.
ΓÇ£Yet home can also be cluttered and pressured and it can be harder to switch off from work than we hope. So a ΓÇÿNightcationΓÇÖ could make a huge difference to well-being by providing a way to switch off.ΓÇ¥
In 2011, a survey by the Work-Life Balance Index found that nearly 50% of UK workers had a fairly low or low level of satisfaction with the balance between their lives at the office and their lives outside. (UK Workers Unhappy Despite More Time Off)
Would making a mini-break of a Saturday night help to reset your work-life balance or is a full-on holiday the only way? Share your thoughts in the comments below.