Employer relationships are critical to negotiating holiday time
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Employer relationships are critical to negotiating holiday time

Being well-liked and respected is a common goal for managers, and a recent survey has revealed just how important the manager-worker relationship is when it comes to taking annual leave.

However, not all managers are achieving this, as a survey conducted by Randstad US revealed that 39 per cent of workers do not feel encouraged to take time off. A further 45 per cent said their bosses continue to put work pressure on them when they are on holiday and 46 per cent have worries about their job during their time off.

There seems to be an underlying guilt that comes with taking breaks, as 38 per cent of employees believed that using less holiday time made them look better in the eyes of their boss. Whether or not this is an apt perception, not having regular holidays can have a negative effect on work-life balance.

With 41 per cent of workers stating that work-life balance is impossible for them to achieve, managers must be proactive in encouraging time off, as Chief HR Officer of Randstad North America Jim Link explained

“There is no doubt taking time off to unwind is healthy and ultimately better for the organisation,” he stated.

“Bosses who proactively encourage workers to unplug, unwind and truly leave work behind to enjoy time off will be looked upon as workplace heroes.”

Considerate bosses are a true asset to workers. In fact, 28 per cent of those surveyed said they would rather take a better boss over a $5,000-a-year salary rise. With this in mind, managers should be more aware of how breaks are allocated in their workplace.

HR management software can be useful in helping to track employee leave and reminding managers when their employee is due for a break. It is also critical to allow open communication channels so that workers are able to ask for leave without feeling apprehensive.

Ari Kopoulos

CEO at EmployeeConnect