Stress at work 'more pronounced in people returning from holiday'

Employees returning from holiday are more likely to suffer from stress at work than their colleagues, an expert has warned.

According to a spokesperson from the European Academy of Occupational Health Psychology (EAOHP), while breaks from their job can help employees rest and recuperate, this can actually lead to them experiencing more anxiety when they return.

The specialist indicated this is particularly true for people coming back in their first week, as the large amount of work that awaits them can result in them feeling "more pronounced" stress than before they took their temporary sabbatical.

"Research indicates that coping through recovery during non-work time [such as] holidays, weekends and evenings plays a crucial role in protecting employees against the adverse effects of exposure to job stressors," they added.

This comes after Sovereign Health Care revealed that 29 per cent of workers suffer from increased levels of stress when their co-workers are away.

Posted by Emily Swanson

10/08/2011 16:13