Are you tempted to check your twitter feed on the beach or catch up with your email inbox by the pool? Apparently lots of us do: according to Tots To Travel, more than two thirds of parents (69%) work during their family summer holiday.
The family travel specialist carried out a survey of parents after experiencing increasing demand for wifi in its holiday properties. While 82 per cent of the mums and dads* that work on holiday admit they would rather relax with their children, the survey shows they work because, in the main, they believe it is necessary for their business or because they are under pressure from their employer or are afraid of losing their job.
A large percentage (41 per cent) work five or more hours a week while ostensibly on holiday and more than two-thirds (68 per cent) say they or their partner take work calls while on holiday. A whopping 78 per cent check work emails.
Tots To Travel founder Wendy Shand, a mum-of-three herself, said: “As a parent of young children I believe we all need to give ourselves a break, turn our back on technology, and ensure that, even if only for one week, we do our best to forget about work and spend time with our families.”
Here are BabyAbroad’s tips to help you “down tools” during your holiday and make of the most of your family break:
- Go non wifi. Tots to travel found that a quarter of respondents said they were more likely to work if wifi was available where they were staying.
- Remove all temptation. Consider leaving your phone at home. A tough one, but you’ll really be able to focus on the family with the temptation to check your messages removed. Leave emergency only contact numbers with family at home.
- Learn the art of delegation. Take the work stresses out by planning well ahead of your holiday and ensuring whoever picks up your work while you’re away, is fully briefed. If you’re a small or one person business, considering hiring a virtual assistant. You’ve paid out already for the holiday, invest a little more to make sure you enjoy it!
- Remind youself. Each morning, remember why you’re on holiday; more family time? attention for the kids? a complete break and refresher from work. Put down that phone and go build a sandcastle!
Confession time! Are you able to fully relax on holiday or can you just not switch off from work when you’re away? We’d love to read your experiences below. What are your tips to switching off and focussing on the family?
*547 parents surveyed in total, 80% with children under 5.