One in four over-stretched bosses are shelving holiday plans to stay in the office, according to research today.
Asked why they were unable to take their full holiday entitlement, 34% of managers blamed extensive workloads.
And of those who do manage to take a break, 39% still regularly check work emails and 29% phone in to pick up voicemails.
A further one in five argue that a holiday is a good time to “catch up on background reading”, according to the poll by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI).
The study of almost 1,500 managers found that a third would rather exchange their holiday time for cash, although just 16% of employers agree to this.
Jo Causon of the CMI said: “There is clearly a fear that out of sight means out of mind, but without a proper break, individual performance can suffer and employers will notice mistakes more than they will absence through holiday.
“Individuals need to recognise this and use holiday time to recharge their batteries.”
The survey also suggests that individuals recognise the value of holidays, even if they fail to follow their own advice.
Three quarters actively encourage team members to use their full entitlement and 89% say it helps refresh their enthusiasm for work.
For the bosses that do make it away, Madonna, The Beach Boys and Coldplay were among the most popular holiday CD collections, the survey found.