Tourism

Here’s how long Aussie workers spend holiday-planning on the job

Do you like to spend your idle hours at work planning your next trip?

Hell, we spend hours at work when we’re supposed to deadline researching our dream holidays.

According to new research from finder.com.au, we’re not alone. Two in three (64 per cent) of Aussie workers – equivalent to 8 million people – actively plan their next escape on the boss’ time.

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Finder.com.au found the average Aussie employees spend 57 minutes a week hunting for cheap flights and hotels, which equates to a cumulative total of 7.6 million hours wasted every week.

This lost productivity is costing Aussie businesses $280.8 million in wages every single week, or $14.6 billion annually.

Perhaps this can serve as some pretty solid evidence that spending an hour or so chatting with a travel agent to get it all booked MIGHT be better than spending an hour a week torturing yourself, trying to find THE  BEST deal?

Your boss would probably thank you and let you have even more time off!

Well, probably not, but a girl can dream.

The research also found that male employees are more guilty of vacation distraction with 67 per cent admitting to organising travel at work compared to 61 per cent of female workers.

Men use 64 minutes a week dipping into work time to plan a holiday in comparison to 50 minutes for women.

Gen X is the most responsible when it comes to abstaining from arranging travel plans at work. Only 57 per cent of Gen X workers admit they do it, versus 70 per cent of Gen Ys and 60 per cent of Baby Boomers.

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