third of Europe’s workers are failing to take their annual leave, with more
than a fifth of the UK’s employees not taking all their holidays.
than 1,000 Britons were surveyed as part of a Europe-wide poll by online
‘Do you always take your full quota of holidays?’, British workers replied:
7 per cent (75 people) No – the company can’t survive without me
17 per cent (173 people) I try but I’m too busy
23 per cent (246 people) Yes – even if I roll them over
53 per cent (557 people) Yes – I make the most of my entitlement
survey also reveals:
Italians find it hardest to maximise their annual leave – with almost half of
respondents (46 per cent) claiming not to take all their holiday due to being
too busy or feeling that their companies would collapse without them.
Swedes also have a hard time taking their full quota of annual leave, with 43
per cent not managing to do so.
Interestingly, Germany has the highest percentage of respondents claiming to
roll their days over to the following year (62 per cent).
psychologist Dr Sarah Agnew, believes that people do not use their holiday
entitlement because they live in fear of job cuts and feel threatened.
see more and more ‘high powered’ professionals suffering from mental illness
who say they feel guilty about taking time off," he said. "They
maximise their contribution and many believe that their self worth is
exclusively contingent on salary and status. With such beliefs, statements such
as ‘they can’t survive without me’ are intuitively obvious, but maybe ‘I can’t
survive without them’ is more accurate.
people address erroneous perceptions about the part that their current position
plays in their identity and self-worth we can expect to see a rise in
stress-related illnesses such as depression and anxiety," he added.