In some workplaces, staff holidays can be a touchy subject. Trying to make sure that you don’t have too many people off at the same time, that staff aren’t off at your busiest times and that everyone does get a break. Whilst it might be easier to wish that none of your staff take holidays, the reality is that if your staff take breaks, they’re actually far more productive in the long-term.
So you should be encouraging them to take ALL of their entitlement.
These are the reasons why.
- It’s Beneficial – studies show that taking a holiday is actually good for your health! It allows people to relax and recharge their batteries. By the time they return to work, they’re refreshed and raring to go!
- They’re Entitled to the leave – Make sure your employees know what leave they’re entitled to and that you fully support them taking it. Holiday pay is part of their salary, so they should make the most of it. If you company has a policy where staff can’t carry holidays over to the following year or they can carry a certain amount, then make sure they’re aware of this too.
- Fresh Eyes – By taking a break, it gives your employee a chance to hit their own internal reset button, meaning they come back to work relaxed and refreshed and able to look at things differently. Ultimately this is beneficial for your business as it means they’re more productive with the tasks you’ve set them.
Most employees (and maybe even you as the boss!) are scared of taking holidays because we worry that colleagues will judge us for being weak and needing a break or that everything will collapse in our absence, but as you’ve just read, holidays are good for us, so get booking and enjoy some time off!