Joel Muckett 4 Dec 2017 11:37am

Accountants are working through holidays

Three quarters (75%) of accountants admit to checking their work emails while on holiday

Of those, four in 10 checked their emails and phones multiple times a day, with 37% only looking once a day, research from global job board CareersinAudit (CiA) revealed.

Almost two thirds 65% expected their employer to contact them outside of work hours. Despite 54% being bothered by this, three in 10 said they could do nothing about it, while 21% believed that speaking up would affect their job or promotion chances.

Additionally, six in 10 accountants admitted to missing an important family or friend’s occasion due to work, such as weddings (24%), childrens’ school events (22%), a spouse or partner’s birthday (15%) and funerals (14%). This has doubled in the past five years, up from 30% in 2012.

Despite work-life balance being a frequent topic, CiA operations director Simon Wright said excessive work culture had worsened since the research conducted five years ago.

“No matter how much energy staff have and apply to their work, everyone needs to take a break,” he said.

“It has been proven time and time again that a good holiday, catch-up on sleep and letting go of the day-to-day issues […] will mean that staff will return with renewed enthusiasm and are even more productive when they return to work.”

Last month, research from CV-Library found that half of accountants were unhappy at work, with seven in 10 admitting to having had a job that made them miserable at some point in their career.