We only unwind from work stresses of week after 12.38pm on Saturday!

Saturday, November 20, 2010

LONDON - Ever felt like even a weekend off doesn’t refresh you for work on Mondays?

Researchers have found the average adult doesn’t fully unwind from the stresses of the week until 12.38pm on Saturday afternoon. And even as they begin to enjoy the weekend, the Sunday blues - when the mind turns to work again - usually kick in at 3.55pm the following day.

This means the typical worker only gets to enjoy 27 hours and 17 minutes of their weekend - less than half the time they are off, reports The Daily Mail.

A quiz by budget hotel chain Premier Inn conducted amongst 4,000 workers aged between 18 and 60 revealed that one in five end up focusing on work because of meetings they have to prepare for - a problem not helped by the fact that a sixth hate their job and one in 11 don’t get on with their colleagues.

Nearly half check work emails over the weekend, while one in ten said they ‘constantly’ work over the two-day break.

The average number of days off that end up being worked in the office is a staggering 14 per year - almost equivalent to three working weeks.

Two-fifths said this was because they would ‘never get their work done’ otherwise. A quarter blamed being under pressure from management.

One in eight said they had to go in because colleagues did and a quarter said it was essential to boost their career prospects by looking keen and half of those polled said work commitments affect the amount of time they spend with their family.

It also emerged 53 per cent feel ‘too tired’ to fully enjoy their weekend and three in ten complained they come home only to be swamped with housework.

A Premier Inn spokesman said, “Work-life balance is increasingly hard to manage.” (ANI)

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