Why you should take more annual leave

BY Tania Gomez

Holidays. Don’t be afraid to take them!

How often do you take holidays? Not often enough it seems.

A 2012 Roy Morgan study found that Aussies have 128 days of annual leave accrued – that equates to 350 000 years of holidays! It also found that 1 in 4 of full time employees are leave stockpilers. So why are we all so afraid to take leave? The study found that work related barriers such as work load, lack of resources, scheduling conflicts and lack of funds are all contributing to our inability to take time off.

However being a slave to the job doesn’t paint a picture of wellness – employees who don’t take annual leave tend to be more unhappy at work, stressed and often display higher levels of depression or anxiety. Their leave-taking counterparts however are said to happier, exhibit fewer symptoms of workplace stress and are more productive at work.

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