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Holiday time is good time

I like to a holiday with its many advantages, including time away from work. Some experts reckon that a third of workers do not take their full holiday entitlement. Reasons given are heavy workloads, tight deadlines, job insecurity, diary clashes and anxiety about taking time off. Do you feel guilty about leaving colleagues working while you’re holidaying?


It's your holiday days

Paid holiday is not a perk, but a legal entitlement. Since 2009, full-time employees are entitled to 5.6 weeks annual leave which is equivalent to 28 days paid says off-work every year; it’s pro-rata for part-time employees. Unions claim that many employers are forcing their employees to work through their holidays by keeping staff levels down.

Holidays are heathy

Most staff work long hours, which can have a negative effect on job performance. Working excessive hours can weaken relationships, leading to marriage breakdowns or strained relationships with partners, children and friends. Holidays are beneficial for the employer, as it helps to reduce ill-health and absenteeism.

Married to the job

Here are five tips on how to make time away from work:

  • Always give your employer plenty of notice of time you’d like to take off.
  • Commit yourself to a break by booking flights and hotels in advance.
  • Plan a holiday with friends and family so you can’t let them down.
  • Delegate work to colleagues before you leave.
  • When you do get away leave the laptop and turn on the email the out of office.

Can the Self-Employed enjoy a holiday?

Building your own business takes years, so a holiday must be paid for and the business needs to keep on going. The best thing about being on holiday is not only relaxing, but also reflecting on the business strategy. Here are five holiday tips the those self-employed:

  • Make time and block out the days in your diary.
  • Move important meetings until after the holiday.
  • Ensure you have set aside income to pay for your time away.
  • Tell your key clients that you’re taking a holiday plus they can email or phone you in an emergency.
  • Take critical work with you. One hour every few days covers the important business matters.

A planned holiday should lower blood pressure, improve sleep patterns and reduce stress. Don’t feel guilty on taking a holiday as it’s the best time to recharge your batteries; everyone who works hard deserves a an annual holiday.

ChildMax pays your take home salary while you’re on 12 months’ unpaid leave, caring for a sick child, whether you’re an employee or self-employed. It starts from £49.50 or for easy budgeting an initial payment of £8.25 followed by 11 monthly payments of £3.75.

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Date: 05 August 2019 by Max Robinson