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Vacations Inspire Workers to Say: 'I Quit'

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With the majority of summer vacations now over, employers might want to be prepared for a rash of employee departures, new research shows.

A study by the online jobs site Monster.com discovered that nearly 70 percent of employees said they are more likely to look for another job after coming back from a vacation.

"Vacations are a great time for self-assessment," said Mary Ellen Slayter, a career advice expert for Monster.com. "They offer free time, relaxation and detachment from your day-to-day routine."

Slayter said these factors can significantly improve an employee's ability to diagnose a persisting personal obstacle.

"They also provide the mental clarity needed to carefully consider the life changes required to remedy the source of your strife," she said.

It's the way vacationers feel at the end of the trip that really helps push them toward finding new work, Slayter said.

"As your vacation comes to a close and you are faced with your impending return to work, your disposition can be an important indicator that it's time to make a change," Slayer said. "It's natural to sulk a bit at the end of an enjoyable holiday, but oppressive feelings of dread and anxiety should be cause for concern."

Since many employees feel overwhelmed with work after a vacation, they often lose focus on searching for a new job, Slayter noted.

"Returning after a vacation can be hectic and distracting, but don't allow yourself to forget what you've discovered during your time off," she said.

The study was based on surveys of more than 1,200 job seekers who visited the Monster.com site.

Originally published on BusinessNewsDaily.

Chad Brooks

Chad Brooks is a Chicago-based freelance writer who has nearly 15 years experience in the media business. A graduate of Indiana University, he spent nearly a decade as a staff reporter for the Daily Herald in suburban Chicago, covering a wide array of topics including, local and state government, crime, the legal system and education. Following his years at the newspaper Chad worked in public relations, helping promote small businesses throughout the U.S. Follow him on Twitter.

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