A report by the UK’s most popular HR software and support service, BrightHR, has revealed that 77% of UK workers still have holiday allowance remaining this year.
The report, which uses data from 250,000 BrightHR users, also found that 59% of employees who still have holiday remaining have no option to carry it over to next year.
So how can employers make sure their staff take all their annual leave and reduce the risk of presenteeism and employee burnout?
Alan Price, CEO and HR expert at BrightHR, said: “As businesses head toward the end of their leave year, employers should encourage their staff to take their full leave entitlement. Taking annual leave can prevent employee burnout and avoid disputes further down the road, such as an employment tribunal.
“Employers should regularly remind staff about their remaining leave, and that untaken leave will be lost, subject to carryover rules. Employers should reassure reluctant employees that they will cover their workloads. And if this is a recurring concern amongst staff, employers should look at how they distribute work.”
Price added: “Employers who believe they are gaining if employees don’t take their full entitlement are mistaken, and they will eventually pay the price for not encouraging staff to take their full annual leave entitlement.”