Holiday quarrels a common occurrence in UK offices

Cary Grant and Grace Kelly taking it easy in the hills overlooking Monaco
Cary Grant and Grace Kelly taking it easy in the hills overlooking Monaco

The words ‘summer holidays’ are in the minds and on the lips of employees up and down the land. It’s still cold and the nation is craving sun.

However, all is not cheery on ‘Planet Holiday’. Half of UK employees, a new survey has found, have fallen out with a colleague when fighting over the best days to take annual leave. And when it comes to the battle for who can stake a claim to the best holiday, it is London workers who have been found to be the most bloodthirsty, although nobody has yet gone as far as, say, planned assassination.

Annual leave 

Women were found to be the more likely to fall out over annual leave and over two thirds admitted to quarreling with colleagues, according to a survey commissioned by online travel agency Sunshine.

Competitive financiers and marketers were found to be the most brutal in the conquest for good holiday dates, while the survey claims that those working in the finance sector made up more than a quarter of people who admitted to falling out with a colleague. The survey also found that those in marketing, PR and retail were the most likely to come to blows over, what should be, a peaceful matter.

About Robert Leeming

Robert joined the HRreview editorial team in October 2015. After graduating from the University of Salford in 2009 with a BA in Politics, Robert has spent several years working in print and online journalism in Manchester and London. In the past he has been part of editorial teams at Flux Magazine, Mondo*Arc Magazine and The Marine Professional.
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