Behavioural Change

Derek Bishop

Director

Building a holiday culture

Date added: 14th Aug 2015
Category: Behavioural Change

If organisations actually had a culture which valued their people then missed holidays simply should not be allowed to happen.

How much do you respect your employees? Not as much as you should is the stark answer if a recent survey is anything to go by. When you respect your employees you care about them as people and their physical and mental welfare should be as important to you as the contribution which they make in the workplace.

So why is it that, despite numerous reports about the effects of stress in the workplace and the importance of a good work-life balance, a survey from Reed suggests that over 50% of UK workers forego an average of three holiday days per year and 40% have actually cancelled a holiday to meet working demands. Yes, it’s great to have employees who are that committed, but if those organisations actually had a culture which valued their people then missed holidays simply should not be allowed to happen.

If you want to be cynical about it, even if you don’t care much for the well-being of your workers then you should still ensure they take their full allocation of holiday. Tired employees make mistakes, tired employees work at a much slower pace, and tired employees take more sick leave. So failing to ensure that employees take adequate breaks is a lose-lose scenario; organisational profitability falls and the culture fails.

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