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New research reveals Aussies are ‘workaholics’

New research reveals Aussies are ‘workaholics’ | The Insight Files | Scoop.it

Surprising new research has revealed that in general, two in three of Aussie workers did not take their annual leave in 2016, with an alarming 37% - up to nine million - taking no annual leave at all. The findings come from a survey of a nationally representative, independent panel of 1,004 Australian adults conducted by an independent research agency and commissioned by HotelsCombined. The survey revealed that just 31% of Australians used all their annual leave last year, 10% took around three-quarters of their entitlements, 10% took half of their entitlements, and 10% took a quarter or less. Just 2% took more annual leave than they had accrued. Find out more.

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Aussies are taking the most annual leave in seven years

Aussies are taking the most annual leave in seven years | The Insight Files | Scoop.it

Expedia’s 2015 Vacation Deprivation study has revealed that Aussies are taking the most annual leave in seven years. Now in its 15th year, the 201 Vacation Deprivation study surveyed 9,723 employed adults across 26 countries in Asia Pacific, Europe, North America and South America. Globally, the report found that the median number of paid annual leave days available to workers is just less than 25 days per year, in addition to public holidays. Collectively, workers take about 20 of them, leaving 20% unused. In Australia, employees are entitled to, on average, 20 days per year. While almost 63% of Australians take all their entitled annual leave, the average Australian has two days unused each year - the lowest amount in seven years - indicating that Aussies are increasingly keen to make the most of their time off work and value the benefits of taking annual leave. Find out more.

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Survey finds most Australians feel guilty about taking holidays

Survey finds most Australians feel guilty about taking holidays | The Insight Files | Scoop.it

The first Princess Cruises National Relaxation Survey has found that almost two-thirds of Australian workers suffer from FOTAL - Fear of Taking Annual Leave. According to the survey, two-thirds of Australian workers use their annual holidays to handle personal obligations such as family emergencies, attending medical and dental appointments and running errands. While Australia has one of the world's highest levels of annual leave, with a minimum of four weeks' holidays a year for full-time workers, the majority of workers (58 percent) say work commitments have prevented them from taking their full entitlements. Eight out of ten workers admitted feeling guilty when they relax; and one-third confessed that even the thought of relaxing stresses them out. Find out more.

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No vacation nation: 41% of Americans didn't take a day off in 2015

No vacation nation: 41% of Americans didn't take a day off in 2015 | The Insight Files | Scoop.it

In a new survey conducted over the first few days of 2016, Skift asked Americans about how much annual leave they took in 2015. The top-line result is predictably shocking, with almost 41% of Americans not taking a single day of annual leave in 2015. Almost 17% said they took fewer than five days of leave in 2015. On the other end of the spectrum, about 13% of Americans said they took over 20 days of leave last year. This is happening amidst some heightened awareness, discussion and movement about the need for more holidays and time off for Americans. The tech and start-up industry is leading it, with some marquee companies - including GE, Netflix and LinkedIn - starting to offer unlimited holidays to their employees. Find out more.

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Have Australians forgotten how to take holidays?

Have Australians forgotten how to take holidays? | The Insight Files | Scoop.it

According to Roy Morgan Research, Australians have 123.5 million days in accrued annual leave - an average of 15 days per full-time working Australian. The survey also showed that for those planning to take some time out, a three to five-night getaway was most popular, followed by six to 10 nights at 21.7% and then one to two nights with 16.2%. Only 10% were planning a lengthier getaway of between 11 and 15 nights. The cost of travel emerged as the biggest influencer when it comes to picking a holiday destination, with the cost of accommodation and living expenses following closely behind with 65.2% and 51.3% respectively. What there was to see and do in a destination was considered a major influencer by 49.3%, with the ease of getting there coming in at 43.7%. Find out more.

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Why Australians are the worst at taking holiday leave

Why Australians are the worst at taking holiday leave | The Insight Files | Scoop.it
Australians on average have more days of unused holiday leave compared with Americans and the British, according to a new global "vacation deprivation" report from online travel group Expedia. Many Australians did not take leave because they felt unable to plan it due to work commitments. Others said their employer did not let them take all of the leave they wanted and some stockpiled leave to take the next year. Furthermore, 11% of Australians took no annual leave last year. Some may have been among the 48% of Australians who believe they needed to be in a job at least a year before asking for annual leave, despite it accruing daily. Increasingly, the trend is toward short-haul trips including Melbourne, Sydney, Bali, the Gold Coast, Auckland and Singapore, with bookings growing at twice the rate for long-haul destinations.
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