Taking time off improves contractor’s performance

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IPSE: “Freelancers must be encouraged to take more time off not only for their businesses’ sake, but also for the sake of their wellbeing and personal lives.”

Contractors who never give themselves time off need to take note, as latest findings reveal that doing so will improve work performance.

Research from the IPSE showed that almost two-thirds (63%) of contractors believe taking holiday improves their work performance in some way.

Asked what advantages came with taking more time off, 63% said it improved aspects of their work including productivity, energy, creativity and confidence in their work.

The average freelancer takes 24 days of annual leave – four days less than the statutory minimum for employees. However, a third (33%) take 25 days off or more, while one in seven (13%) take 40 days off or more. At the bottom end of the scale, one in ten took no days off last year.

Worrying, when contractors do take leave, many are feeling the strain of ‘always-on’ culture, with four out of five (78%) admitting to working while on holiday. Over half (58%) said they reply to work emails while away and more than a third (37%) said they take work calls while away. Twenty-eight per cent even work remotely while on holiday.

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These figures are concerning because as well as work benefits, taking time off also seems to help wellbeing. Nearly two-thirds (59%) also said it improved their work-life balance, while almost half (44%) said it improved their relationships.

Chloé Jepps, IPSE’s Head of Research, commented on these latest findings, “What’s clear from this research is that there is a real business case for freelancers taking more holiday. Two-thirds of freelancers say taking time away from their work actually improves it. It’s a sharp rebuttal to the idea that never stopping and being ‘always on’ is more productive.

“Freelancers must be encouraged to take more time off not only for their businesses’ sake, but also for the sake of their wellbeing and personal lives. Our research clearly shows that taking more leave helps freelancers combat stress and anxiety – and build up their personal relationships.”

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