Managers are losing out on holiday leave
Tue Aug 12, 2014 11:30 AM
New ILM survey finds that 40% of managers feel they need to improve their work/life balance with one in five failing to use their full holiday entitlement last year
New research from the Institute of Leadership & Management (ILM) has revealed that two in five (41%) of UK managers did not use their full holiday entitlement last year.
Nearly a third (30%) of workers who didn’t take leave were not not able to carry over their holiday, and over a third (35%) of those who lost holiday (4% of those surveyed) lost a full week of annual leave or more.
Charles Elvin, Chief Executive of ILM, said: “Holidays are vitally important for maintaining a happy, healthy workforce so it’s a concern to hear one in 20 managers telling us that they lost a week or more of their annual leave allowance last year. Workers come back from leave refreshed, relaxed and revitalised which is ultimately great for business, so it should be a top priority for employers to make sure their employees use it rather than lose it.”
The ILM survey also found that 40% of managers felt there was definite room for improvement in their work / life balance with a further 15% stating theirs was poor. While the majority of workers (63%) said that their boss was largely supportive of them achieving a good work/life balance, one in five (19%) said that their boss was not as supportive in this area as they would like and 15% said that they did not feel their boss was supportive of them achieving a good work/life balance.
In 2013 managers told ILM that even when they were taking holidays they weren’t necessarily relaxing. Over half of managers (54%) felt the need to work while on annual leave, with 70% stating that they were reading and responding to emails whilst on holiday.