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Employees failing to take holiday allowance may move elsewhere, says report

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Around two in five UK employees report taking a maximum of just half their annual leave entitlement, according to a new study.

Glassdoor, which published the research, added that the average employee takes just 62 per cent of their allowance.

Likewise, 23 per cent of those that do take their allowance say they regularly check emails, while 15 per cent continue working through fear of getting behind and the consequences of not hitting their targets.

John Lamphiere, of Glassdoor, said employees need to work with their managers on how they can achieve a better work-life balance.

“The fact that 40 percent of us take a maximum of just half our holiday allowance and a significant amount feel they need to work while being away is not a good long-term solution and will only result in employees who may want to jump ship for greener pastures.

“Take a day to plan out your holidays, create a schedule which works for you and your employer, then stick to it. If you don't do it now, it may never happen.”

The results of the poll also highlight the growing problem of ‘presenteeism’ – the feeling that you need to be at work for more hours than required. This can often lead to stress and mental health issues which can cause prolonged absence. It follows a recent report which shows that absence in the workplace is costing the economy some £26 billion per annum in lost productivity.

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