In need of time off: 650,000 overworked Manchester employees suffering from Vacationitis, study reveals

By Matt Davies

A staggering 650,000 people are over-worked in Manchester, according to a recent study.

The city’s workers are apparently suffering from Vacationitis, a condition which comes as a result of not taking enough breaks from the workplace, claims the report from Hilton Hotels and Resorts.

In a bid to combat the issue, the Hilton Urgent Vacation Care Centre will visit Spinningfields, Manchester, on Wednesday April 24.

Workers will be able to test their Vacationitis levels via an online diagnostic test, as Hilton travels the country aiming to highlight the state of over-worked Britain.

The tour follows the ‘2013 Hilton UK Vacation Deficit Report’, published just after the turn of the year, which studied workers from across the UK.

Andrew Flack, vice-president global brand marketing at Hilton Hotels and Resorts, stressed the importance of breaks and time-off from a hectic working lifestyle.

“We all know that quick breaks or long-haul vacations help working professionals feel recharged and refreshed,” he said.

“But in today’s fast-paced work environment too many people are neglecting the time they need to unplug, recharge and relax.”

For the Manchester study, 2,000 were sampled in the city and the figures have been calculated using the population size of the area. 

From the sample group, Hilton Hotels and Resorts – a flagship brand of Hilton Worldwide –calculated that there are 650,000 Vacationitis sufferers in the city.

Those people confessed to feeling unproductive at work, but more than 75% said they knew short breaks would be beneficial to productivity.

According to the report, workers in Manchester enjoy just seven of their average 24 days annual leave a year, with domestic tasks taking up their time.

Tedious tasks like home DIY and doctors or hospital appointments ruin holiday time while one in five Brits has taken no holiday for two years.

If that wasn’t bad enough, it also claims that more than half of the entire British workforce have not taken a holiday in the past year.

A quarter of workers in Manchester work an average of two extra working days a week, equivalent to 16 – 18 hours extra every seven days.

Furthermore, more than a quarter of a million of the city’s workforce cancelled a planned holiday in the past year due to work pressures.

Worse still, the study  claims Mancunian’s are unable to switch off when outside the office, saying 300,000 of us check work emails or voicemails at least once a day.

If you fancy finding out if Vacationitis is affecting your life, pay a visit to Spinningfields or visit for more information.

Picture courtesy of Grand Velas Riviera Maya, with thanks.

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