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    Press release: 40% of employees expecting to extend the festive period

    1 December 2020 3 min read

    Christmas workplace productivity banner
    • Two-thirds of employees intend to use up holiday allowance before the end of the year
    • With one-quarter of people opting for a four-day week, companies are facing resourcing issues in the lead up to Christmas
    • 35% of employees request holiday roll-over into 2021, pushing ‘holiday debt’ into the new year

    Nottingham, UK. 1st December 2020

    With a third of UK employees having more than half their holiday allowance left to take, Edays the absence intelligence company, has found that 65% intend to use this up before the end of the year. With less than a month until Christmas, this raises some significant concerns over staffing resources for the remainder of the year.

    Data gathered by Edays highlights that UK employees will either choose to extend their Christmas holiday, or work shorter weeks in December. With fewer than six weeks remaining of the working year, organisations need to prepare for 40% of their staff being absent in the build-up to Christmas, making the end of year targets and customer obligations difficult to meet.

    Looking ahead to 2021, businesses will need to plan for the 35% of staff who are planning to roll over their holiday allowance into the new year, presenting similar resourcing challenges.

    Steve Arnold, CEO, Edays comments: “This kind of data shows us that there are real operational challenges for businesses over the next few weeks, after an already difficult year. Businesses need to plan for absenteeism and look ahead to 2021 to see what the ‘debt’ or resourcing impact might look like. In addition, in a year where mental health issues have been on the rise, the problem to business is deeper than just staffing issues. Time to relax and recuperate needs more than a day or two here and there, and stress levels too are likely to increase among ‘working staff’. At this time more than ever, staff leave needs some real consideration and planning.”

    About Edays

    Founded by CEO Steve Arnold and CTO Chris Moseley, Edays is an award-winning, cloud-based absence management and intelligence platform that makes holiday and absence management easy and accurate for organisations of all sizes, anywhere in the world. Edays delivers for more than 1,500 customers across 120 countries, including brands such as Canon, ASOS, AXA, Monster Energy, Barclays, and Sony.

    The Edays mission is to provide organisations with key intelligence regarding staff absence – enabling them to build better staff management and wellbeing strategies. Absence intelligence allows businesses to achieve better resourcing insights, save time and money associated with employee absence, and promote excellent employee wellbeing and better health for organisational success.


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    Harry Customer Success Manager at edays
    December 1, 2020

    Harry is Head of Customer Success here at edays, helping organisations to get the very best out of their edays system. His experience in SaaS and HR brings valuable insight into how organisations can better manage their people, processes and productivity.