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EMBARGOED for September 5, 2008


As those post holiday blues grip the nation, new research from MORE TH>N shows 2008 summer holidays have been the biggest burnout ever with 3.6 million Brits* failing to recharge their batteries and recuperate whilst away.

Forget lost baggage, flight delays, fears of overspending or dodgy tummies, the research reveals that constant interruption from the boss has been the biggest cause of holiday stress for office workers this year.

Modern technologies such as mobile phones and Blackberry’s are also being blamed for the disruption and stress that has ruined the summer breaks of over one third (37 per cent) of holidaymakers.

While most office workers get only one two-week holiday per year the research shows just how hard they find tuning out the pressures of the office and kicking back. A quarter of Brits say they didn’t even relax after seven days of sun, sea and sand.

And it seems British bosses have been disturbing our holidays more and more, the figures show how they’re making things more stressful before and after we go away too. 80 per cent of office workers admitted they worked extra hours the week before jetting off having little time to wind down and get into the holiday spirits. A further 75 per cent claim they put in additional time the week after they returned just to catch up.

Rounding off the somewhat depressing stress stats, the figures show just how quickly these workers lost any ‘warm holiday feeling’ they might have acquired - 85 per cent say it disappeared completely before they had even set foot back in the office.

Commenting on the findings of the research, Keith Maxwell, Head of Travel Insurance , MORE TH>N adds “It seems that coming home from holiday feeling relaxed and recharged is a thing of the past for many of us. When post holiday blues hit, it used to be because we had returned from a relaxing break. Now it seems we come home just as stressed as we went. We want to encourage holidaymakers to relax properly so they return feeling recharged and at their most productive ready to face new challenges in their job”.

To help ensure this trend doesn’t continue MORE TH>N has developed a list of top five holiday stress busting tips – perfect for any winter breaks office workers may have planned.


• If you know you’re going away remind your colleagues and your boss. Plenty of advance warning will enable them to arrange cover / share out the workload when you’re away
• Make sure you write thorough handover notes – give people no excuse to call you whilst you’re on the beach
• Pack and prepare early for your holiday – if work is unavoidable make sure everything else is sorted
• Tidy up all loose ends at work before you go – you don’t want anything playing on your mind when you’re away
• Don’t forget to put your ‘Out of Office’ automated email response on!


Notes to editors:

Consumer research carried out by Fly Research. 1,021 UK office workers were questioned in September 2008
* Figures based on ONS data, September 2008

For further information:

Carmel McCarthy
MORE TH>N External Communications
T: 020 7337 5405
M: 07717 294529

Lana Clements
T: 020 7337 5797
M: 07824 529276

About MORE TH>N:

MORE TH>N is the direct financial services arm of RSA. It offers motor, home, pet, life and travel insurance by phone and via the internet. It also offers van, shop, office, business car, hotels, property, club and contractor insurance direct to small businesses.

In December 2006 MORE TH>N, together with its parent company RSA Insurance Group plc, became the first insurer in the UK to be carbon neutral. The company has cut its carbon footprint by over half since 2000 and has offset the remainder by purchasing voluntary carbon reductions.

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