Encouraging your staff to take holidays

Shocking statistics highlighted by the Stress Management Society have reported that a recent study suggests that over one million Brits will fail to take their remaining annual leave this year. Another recent survey found that only half of the population took all their leave last year. So what is going on, as employers don’t appear to be encouraging your staff to take holidays?

 Why are British workers giving up millions of days in holiday?

One in five people said they were ‘too busy’ to take any time off and one in six said ‘their employer made it difficult for them to take the leave they are due’.

 Employer verses employee needs  

Economist Samuel Tombs commented ‘Employers might welcome the fact they will be getting more days of work out of their employees for ‘free’, which could equate to a 0.05% boost to the economy. However, all is not as it seems, as not encouraging your staff to take holidays can in fact have a negative impact on UK businesses with staff working less productively as they haven’t had sufficient time to rest and recuperate’.

Is there also a direct correlation and likelihood that employees taking less holiday will end up taking more sick leave? This would be an interesting statistic, wouldn’t it?

Engagement factor

Employee well-being is now a key employee engagement factor and also a driver for increased productivity. Therefore, maybe the time has come for employers to reframe your thinking by encouraging your staff to take holidays to recharge their batteries and shift your focus to maintaining a healthy and productive workforce instead?

1 reply
  1. Keith Crossland
    Keith Crossland says:

    A succession of four firms that I worked for underpaid their employees when on holiday, or understated their entitlement to the number of days leave. In one company, two years previously, I took it to tribunal where the judge told the company, in his judgment, how to calculate holiday pay and entitlement. Two years later, on a very unscientific basis, I checked two employees’ pay for the previous year. The first a part-timer, who asked me to take a look, was denied £600.00; and another, a full-timer, whom I selected, because I knew him well, was denied almost £850.00. This company had in excess of 20,000 employees. The company’s profitability was unlawfully enhanced by what can only be described as theft. And they are not alone.


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