27 Apr 2018, 20:13

Why Office Staff Should Take More Holidays

Did you know that 3 in 10 employees in the UK don’t take all of their holiday entitlement?

Do you know if it’s a similar ratio in your own office? If it is, then maybe it’s time you started to encourage your office staff or colleagues to take more time off.

Although at face value it might sound stupid to encourage people to take more time away from work because of the hassle of trying to arrange cover in their absence, many studies have shown that workplaces become more productive when employees regularly take their full holiday entitlement.

Staff who don’t take all of their holidays list various reasons; from being able to roll over holidays into the next year to having a too-demanding workload or being afraid to ask their bosses.

But employees who don’t relax enough get tired, stressed out and don’t perform at their peak. They could also become more inclined to seek pastures new and then you’ll have to start recruiting all over again.

Much better to keep them happy, energised and productive by encouraging them to take more time out.

So, how can you make sure that the people in your office take their full holiday quota and do their bit to boost your workplace productivity?

Stick Up A Holiday Planner

Planning ahead is always a good idea with staff holiday entitlement. Not only does it encourage your office staff to think about the times they’d like to take off, it also helps the management team plan for absences.

At the start of the calendar year, or your financial year if it makes more sense, you should draw up a holiday planner sheet and stick it up on the wall of the office.

Some employees will already have events planned throughout the year where they already know when they’ll need time off. Get those dates ‘booked in’ on your holiday planner as early as possible. There is no benefit to making staff put off asking for days off until the last minute. Forewarned is forearmed.

The benefit of the holiday planner is that everyone can clearly see, from an early stage in the annual holiday cycle, the times when other staff members will be off work. It gets them thinking about their own windows of opportunity to take holidays.

Of course, not everyone is going to know exactly which days they want off throughout the year on January 1st, but, by getting your office staff thinking about holidays early in the year - and with a visual aid right there on the wall - your Office Holiday Planner will start filling up in no time.

You’ll be able to see when you might need to take on temporary staff or train up other staff for cover. And you’ll be making sure that your staff feel encouraged to take their holiday entitlement.

You can plan ahead and your staff can enjoy their holidays and come back to work refreshed, energised and more productive.

It’s a win-win!