Only one in two managers has booked a summer holiday and many will not take a break in the coming months because of pressures of work, according to a study.
A survey of more than 800 managers in private firms and the public and voluntary sectors found that most of those who will get away planned to do some work while they were on holiday.
The Chartered Management Institute (CMI) said its survey found that workload was the main reason many managers would forego a summer holiday this year.
One in eight of those who will go away admits they will check emails every day, while a quarter will put in an extra eight hours the week before going on holiday.
Petra Wilton, of the CMI, said: "With the economy in a rut, managers are working harder and longer. It's about time some of them took a well-earned break, which will pay dividends when they come back healthier, happier and full of renewed energy and enthusiasm."