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Annual leave for employees: What are the benefits?

Annual leave is frequently a significant aspect of any work. Regular breaks from work are necessary for both our bodies and thoughts. In reality, studies show that taking annual vacation for holidays can increase job productivity, enhance mental health, and lengthen life. Annual leave is a significant opportunity because it offers employees a necessary vacation from the job so they can spend more time at home and with their families, or from the employer's perspective, it gives employees a chance to reenergize and come back to work with new ideas.



The advantages of a break


1. Reduced stress

In Australia, more than one-third of full-time workers had four or more weeks' worth of annual leave saved up, and staggeringly, 257,000 workers have more than ten weeks. A study by the American Psychology Association claims that because holidays take us away from the stressful or anxious situations or activities, they make us feel better. In doing so, we can lessen the negative effects of stress, such as headaches, stomachaches, and difficulties concentrating.


2. Prolonged life

One of the secrets to living longer may be taking annual leave. Annual leave promotes immunity, and those who take more vacation time are known to not get ill as often. It can also reduce the chance of a heart attack over the long term.


3. Better mood

A Wisconsin Medical Journal study found that women who vacation twice a year or more are less likely to experience depression, tension, or fatigue. According to the study's findings, "the likelihood of being depressed increased as the frequency of vacation dropped."


4. A general health boost

Employees who don't maintain a healthy work-life balance may become ill and end up missing work due to illness. By keeping a work-life balance, taking breaks when required, and being socially engaged with your friends and family, you can lower your risk of heart disease right now.


Ways in which it can help your company:

  • A different perspective: When we take a break from work, even for a few days at a time, it can offer us a new outlook and make our job better when we return!

  • Resolving Problems: Taking a break can be beneficial for those team members who must solve problems or think creatively on a regular basis. A change in routine or environment might introduce us to fresh experiences that can inspire our creativity and help us approach issues differently.

  • Reduces Absenteeism: It goes without saying that a healthy, content employee is less likely to be absent, and considering that 131 million working days are lost each year due to sickness absence, this is definitely a problem that needs to be addressed!

Sources:

  1. https://www.sodexoengage.com/blog/employee-wellbeing/importance-of-annual-leave

  2. https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/benefits-annual-leave-sarah-mcgavin/

  3. https://www.openaccessgovernment.org/annual-leave-is-still-essential-when-working-from-home/87313/

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