31% of UK office workers fail to take their whole entitled holiday leave


A new research study by recruitment company Adecco has revealed that just under a third of all office workers across the UK will not take the whole amount of annual leave they’re entitled to, for a variety of reasons.

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For example, 27% of the people who participated in this study have revealed that they actually feel guilty about taking time off, 50% of them doing so because they believe that they’re letting down their co-workers.

Furthermore, 22% of all people have lied to their employers regarding their reasons for taking annual leave, while a third (33%) of people experience added stress as a result of their colleagues taking holiday.

Last, but certainly not least, half (48%) of workers have provided a positive answer when asked whether they would cancel holiday for work commitments.

Alex Fleming , Operations Director Adecco, said that: “UK workers seem to have adopted a range of bad habits associated with their holiday leave. It is important to remember that annual leave is a legal entitlement and people should be encouraged to use it. It seems employees are reluctant to take their holiday leave and this could be for a range of reasons, including fears over job security and leaving their colleagues with increased stress.”

Tensor’s flagship Time and Attendance solution, WinTA.NET, offers companies a superior absence planning and entitlement management tool, enabling managers to easily view an individual’s or a department’s absence records.

Each employee can be allocated different entitlements for absence such as annual leave or allowed sickness. As absence is booked and taken, the remainder available for each entitlement is updated. Entitlement formulae are used to calculate more complex entitlements calculated on a rising scale based upon length of service.

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