Given 39.4% of surveyed Australians were unable to completely switch off from work while on a personal holiday, it’s easy to understand why the majority also thought 4 weeks of paid leave was insufficient. Women were only slightly less likely than surveyed men to be able to switch off from work while on holiday, 59.9% vs 61.3%.
Further, 25-34 year olds were the surveyed age group least likely to be able to switch off from work while on a personal holiday, with just 52.6%. On the other hand, two thirds (66%) of surveyed 45-54 year olds were able to switch off from work while on holiday - the highest percentage of any age group. 45-54 year olds were also the age group most likely to say that 4 weeks of paid leave was sufficient. Evidently, completely switching off from work is one of the keys to a relaxing holiday, thereby increasing one’s likelihood of thinking 4 weeks of paid leave is sufficient. In other words, quality is just as important as quantity when it comes to taking time off. Elsewhere, approximately 60% of surveyed 18-24 year olds and 35-44 year olds were able to fully switch off while on holiday.
Location-wise, Queensland and Tasmania led the way, with 67.3% and 66.7% of respective respondents saying they were able to switch off from work while on personal holidays. Surveyed employees in the ACT were the least likely to be able to completely switch off while on holiday, with only 55%. Again, this correlates with surveyed employees in the ACT being by far the least likely to think 4 weeks of paid leave was sufficient. This figure was around 60% in most other states and territories.
As expected, part-time employees were slightly more likely to be able to switch off from work while on holiday than full-time employees, with 63.2% compared to 59.4% of surveyed full-time employees.
Even so, while a majority of surveyed Australian employees say they can completely switch off from work while on holiday, between 30% and 45% are unable to switch off in any given demographic. Therefore, a huge portion (39.4%) of surveyed Australian employees are unable to completely switch off from work while on personal holidays. This may indicate that they have too much work to do to fully switch off, are struggling to achieve an appropriate work life balance, or it may be a simple case of different personality types working in different ways.
Whether you’re content with the amount of holiday time you receive or you’re constantly dreaming of a longer break, it’s clear that most surveyed Australians are dissatisfied with 4 weeks of paid annual leave. This may be because a large portion are also unable to switch off from work while on holiday. As such, in a constantly evolving job market, finding ways to fully switch off from work and maximise your holiday time is becoming more crucial than ever.