Employee Productivity Spikes Following R&R

April 29, 2004 (PLANSPONSOR.com) - Most executives notice the greatest level of productivity from their employees comes after a vacation.

Queried, “In your opinion, are employees more productive before or after a vacation?” 51% of executive said after a vacation. This was followed by 31% responding before the holiday, 14% noticing no difference and 4% responding don’t know/other, according to a survey conducted by Accountemps.

“When workloads are heavy, people often avoid taking time off for fear it might prompt employers to question their commitment,” said Max Messmer, chairman of Accountemps. “But even when staffing levels are lean, companies recognize that having no breaks quickly drains productivity and leads to burnout. As a result, today’s employees may be encouraged to take periodic vacations and recharge.”

Accountemps, a staffing firm for temporary accounting, finance and bookkeeping professionals, developed the survey. It was conducted by an independent research firm and includes responses from 150 executives.