Do your teams take all of their holiday entitlement?

Two in five UK employees took just half their annual leave entitlement during the last holiday year, according to new research.

2,000 full and part time employees were questioned and the results showed that the average worker takes just 62% of their allowance. However, 15% of those who did take leave continued to work during their holiday due to fear of falling behind and the consequences of not hitting their targets.

Just half of the employees polled said they could completely switch off and that there was ‘no expectation to be reachable’ while on leave. However, a high number of managers felt it was appropriate to communicate with their employees while on holiday, with 15% of respondents saying they were contacted by work.

Additionally, data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) has revealed 3.3million UK employees work more than 48 hours a week, a rise of a quarter of a million since 2001.

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