A few days ago I was reading news about research into the habits of UK workers and their annual holidays. (For readers in the USA read holiday as vacation).
I saw 2 different news reports that looked at the same problem from slightly different points of view. below are extracts from them and links to the original articles.
The first article showed that not taking leave is causing serious problems.
British workers left ‘stressed, rundown and depressed’
because they are not taking enough holiday time.
Overworked Brits are being left stressed, depressed and rundown
because they are not getting enough holiday time.
That’s based on research which claims a third of employees are left failing to take their annual holiday allowance …………. Mark Cropley, Professor of Health Psychology at the University of Surrey, added: “The research found that more than two thirds (68%) don’t get away for short breaks, however, mini breaks can be a great way to recharge the batteries, whether abroad or in the UK.
“Not only do they force us to distance ourselves physically from work, they can also give our brains a mental holiday and allow us to spend quality time with family and friends without the distraction of work. http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/british-workers-left-stressed-rundown-7238571
The next article (dated 1st Nov 2017) tries to explain why leave time is not being taken.
Why UK Workers Are Not Taking All Their Annual Leave
The average worker in Britain still has six days to use up before the end of the year, which, if left unused, would mean a staggering 134 million wasted days as a nation. A third of employees have as many as 10 days still to use up, found the survey of 1000 workers by Jurys Inn.
The most common reason for having annual leave left? That’s also pretty surprising, given that being “like, ugh, so busy right now” has become a status symbol in our culture. The top explanation was not knowing what to do with the remaining days, the Mirror reported.
Other more optimistic employees (11%) purposely save up their holiday days until the end of the year with the aim of booking an exciting trip – only to find that by November there are no holidays available that tickle their fancy. A further 11% said they simply didn’t have enough money to spend on holidays.
If you’re among those with holiday still to use, with just two months of the year left, you may want to think about taking action or risk losing them altogether. http://www.refinery29.uk/2017/11/179232/wasted-holiday-days-annual-leave-uk
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