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India is not only ranked the highest with 31% of employed people not taking vacations due to workload but also in cancelling holidays because Indians would like to be present in all key decisions of their companies, said the Expedia survey. Photo: Mint
India is not only ranked the highest with 31% of employed people not taking vacations due to workload but also in cancelling holidays because Indians would like to be present in all key decisions of their companies, said the Expedia survey. Photo: Mint

India second most overworked country, says survey

The country is also the 10th most vacation-deprived country as Indians do not tend to take leaves to be in their boss's good books, says study

New Delhi: India has the second highest number of overworked people, working 42 hours a week on an average, after Hong Kong, where people work 44 hours a week, according to a survey by global travel agency Expedia Inc., released on Thursday.

It also said India is the 10th most vacation-deprived country as Indians do not tend to take leaves to be in their boss’s good books.

About 63% of Indian respondents feel they are vacation-deprived, Expedia said. The company conducted an online survey between August and September, in which 8,535 respondents from 24 countries took part.

“Indians are second, behind Thailand (22%), in not taking leaves to be in boss’s good books, while 18% of Indians don’t use all the leaves because they fear that taking all of the vacation time will be perceived negatively by their employer," said the survey.

Indians also prefer getting money in exchange for unused holidays, with 37% of the employed adult population, the highest in the world, opting for it. Brazil follows India with 30% of employed people preferring money over holidays.

India is not only ranked the highest with 31% of employed people not taking vacations due to workload but also in cancelling holidays because Indians would like to be present in all key decisions of their companies, said the survey.

“Indians want to feel important. They want to be present in all key decisions of the company, with 25% of employed people cancelling vacation due to this reason," it said. Indians are also ranked third highest when it comes to saving vacations for future use.

Even when Indians do take a vacation, they are almost never out of touch with work.

“Ninety four percent Indians at least sometimes check work email even on vacation, which is the highest in the world, followed by France (93%), Thailand (92%), Malaysia (91%) and Mexico (91%)," said the survey.

“In India, people still lag behind when it comes to completely letting go during their vacation. Not just this, even during regular days, Indians work for more hours than other countries with 38% people working for 41-50 hours a week. This shows the need for a better work-life balance," said Vikram Malhi, general manager, South and Southeast Asia, Expedia India.

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