Using your holiday time

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having time off improves emplyee work so why don't more people take their allowances? c Dan Sperrin

having time off improves emplyee work so why don’t more people take their allowances?  Cartoon c Dan Sperrin

In the US, it has been known for some time that not everybody takes all the holiday to which they are entitled. The same thing seems to be happening here.

Research conducted by Wellness Research on behalf of claims that around 3.15 million people forfeited at least three days of annual leave in 2015, with 30% of these people missing out on seven or more days. Of those who didn’t take all of their annual leave, 32% said they had too much work, 17% didn’t feel they could take time off and 6% said it’s so stressful coming back to extra work that they don’t see much point in going away in the first place.

Compare that with the latest research in the US. The latest study which was undertaken by Skift, seems to show that a fraction over 40% of those they sampled didn’t take a single day of work in the last year. Not one! In all nearly three-quarters of the population took less holiday than their entitlement, many times more than in the UK. Only 27% took more than ten days’ holiday per year. Is there such fear of losing your job that 40% took no leave? Could it be the opposite – that they loved their jobs so much that they couldn’t bear to be parted from work?

Is either piece of research accurate?

The research was carried out amongst a sample of working adults in the UK. The US research used an internet only sample so that may have skewed the results. There are many of us that don’t work in offices anymore but work from home “chained” to a laptop or notepad. As we can take it when we have breaks could some people be interpreting holidays as meaning with no access to work whatsoever?

Whatever the “true” numbers are, it is generally agreed that employees function at their best when they have breaks. Some companies insist that two weeks holiday must be taken at the one time. Now some US companies like Skift, GE, Netflix, and LinkedIn are starting to give unlimited holidays meaning you are free to take as much time off as you choose, as long as you get the job done. Will that happen here?



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