“The very people telling you to use up your leave are often the people who have the most significant amount of leave accrued,” said Childs. Senior management does not follow what they preach and thus they are sending a mixed message, by their own bad example.
Childs said “Australia was one of the few countries in the OECD that allowed workers to accrue annual leave, but by OECD standards our leave proportion was low and our provision of sick, parental or carers' leave was not generous”. Australia allows only four weeks annual, while in the United Kingdom people start with four weeks in their first job and work their way up to five or six weeks leave. They are however limited in the amount they are permitted to carry forward.
As companies wrestle to survive the worldwide financial crisis, various workers find they are pushed to their limits and taking time off places more pressure on co-workers. Childs said “For many of us our colleagues are one of our major sources of friends these days and you don't really want to be dumping on them and you know you're going to have hundreds of emails when you return to work".
The report also showed that one in ten workers also said they accrued their leave because they found they could not get the same days off as their partner.
An alternative to taking the full annual leave maybe to take shorter breaks more frequently, such as extended weekend breaks. A five day break in places such as the tropical islands of Vanuatu, in the South Pacific, can give you the feeling of having travelled to a totally different culture, had some quality rest and recreation and not been too long away from the office.
The recession in the global economy has made it a ‘buyer’s market’, with properties proffering extra special deals for the Easter break. In particular there are some really attractive deals on the last minute booking engines, or sites such as vanuatu-hotels.vu. An Easter break is a great choice to release the everyday stress of office life.
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