Your Employees Need a Holiday – So Give Them a Break! 

By Tom Whiley | News & Press | 3 min read

UK employees have a statutory right to at least 28 days’ paid leave a year, plus 8 paid public holidays. 

Unfortunately, far too many people in the UK repeatedly fail to take all of their allocated leave days. 

In late 2020, we studied the data from our absence management system. We found that, by the last quarter of the year, a third of Brits still had 50% of their holiday left to take. 

Why don’t people take holidays?

There are a number of things that might prevent employees from taking time off: 

Stress and burnout is a risk to your employees, and your business

Of course, you do. Too much-unplanned absence is terrible for business.  

But do you know what’s even worse for business? Stress and burnout. Overworked employees are unlikely to be happy employees. And an unhappy team leads to lower productivity and efficiency and a higher employee turnover. 

We all need a break now and then. And guess what? As an employer, you have a legal obligation to prevent your employees from becoming unwell as a result of not taking leave.  

This is Regulation 15 of the Working Time Regulations. It’s up to you to encourage your employees to use their leave.  

So how can you encourage employees to Take a holiday?

Here are some ideas: 

Employees generally return from holidays full of energy and enthusiasm. After the year we’ve all had, your employees certainly need a holiday. So give them a break! 

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