Workers in the UK are missing out on holidays – with one in five (19%) not taking their full allowance.
This is according to the ‘2016 Vacation Deprivation’ study from travel website Expedia, which polled over 9,000 employed adults across 28 countries to compare holiday entitlement with the number of days taken, and explore the reasons why discrepancies occur.
Brits received an average of 25 days holiday in 2016 – falling around the mid point globally. However, one in five (19%) took less than their allotted quota. Work worries played a crucial role here, a quarter of Brits (28%) being so busy that they can rarely use all of their allowance. A lack of money (14%) and wishing to carry over holiday (14%) are other top reasons.
As a result, two-fifths (43%) across the UK identify as being ‘vacation deprived’ and receiving fewer holiday days than they deserve. Side effects include feeling more stressed (30%), less able to focus (22%) and even verbally lashing out at their poor co-workers (21%).
Expedia used data from its Vacation Deprivation survey to create a Work-Life Balance Index based on time in work vs time on holiday for each country. Those in Germany enjoy the best work-life balance, with the UK well behind, ranked 11th in the 23-country index.1
Even when Brits manage to get out of the office, most don’t actually switch off from work commitments entirely. While we’re actually less obsessive than most other nations when it comes to checking work emails or voicemail, half of us (50%) will peek at least once over a week’s holiday. Meanwhile, one in seven (14%) even look once a day or more.
Workers and employers alike see the benefits of staff taking regular breaks – 92% of workers returned from holiday better rested, 91% were less stressed and 80% felt more focused on their work than before they left. However, nearly one in five (17%) will miss their break so much that they’ll book another within a week of being back in the office.
Alex Platts from Expedia, said: “While hard graft is important in a job, it’s necessary to give yourself enough time off to refresh, take a step away and come back raring to go. That’s why it’s a shame that so many of us feel too busy to take all of our holiday days.”
“Our research shows the positive effects that are felt by employees and businesses alike, so British workers shouldn’t feel too busy, worried or guilty to take all of their time off. So if you’ve got any days left this year, now’s the last chance to take advantage and book yourself some time to de-stress.”
About Vacation Deprivation
Expedia first commissioned Vacation Deprivation in 2000 to examine the work-life balance of Americans. In 2005, Expedia began comparing behaviours across countries. As of 2016, Vacation Deprivation has grown to encompass 28 countries. 9,424 employed adults aged 18 and older were asked by Northstar about work-life balance in September 2016.
This study was conducted on behalf of Expedia by Northstar, a globally integrated strategic insights consulting firm. It was conducted online from September 12 to September 29, 2016, across North America, Europe, South America, and Asia Pacific using the Kantar-owned GMI (Global Market Insite) and Lightspeed Research amalgamated group of panels. The study was conducted among 9,424 employed adults aged 18 years of age and older across 28 countries. Sampling quotas and weighting were used to ensure the sample is representative of each country’s population in terms of age and gender. Assuming a probability sample, the margin of error would be +/-1.0 percentage points, 19 times out of 20.
1 The final ‘Work-Life Balance’ score for each nation is based upon a calculation of time on vacation divided by time in work. Expedia sourced average working day data from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). All other data used in our calculations are taken from the Vacation Deprivation Survey.
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