77 per cent of UK workers are failing to use all their annual leave.

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Research by BrightHR has revealed that 77 per cent of UK workers still have holiday allowance remaining this year. Using data from 250,000 BrightHR software users, also found that 59 per cent of employees who still have holiday remaining have no option to carry it over to next year.

“As businesses head toward the end of their leave year, employers should encourage their staff to take their full leave entitlement,” noted Alan Price, CEO and HR expert at BrightHR. “Taking annual leave can prevent employee burnout and avoid disputes further down the road, such as an employment tribunal.

“Employers should regularly remind staff about their remaining leave, and that untaken leave will be lost, subject to carryover rules,” he added. “Employers should reassure reluctant employees that they will cover their workloads. And if this is a recurring concern amongst staff, employers should look at how they distribute work.

Price concludes: “Employers who believe they are gaining if employees don’t take their full entitlement are mistaken, and they will eventually pay the price for not encouraging staff to take their full annual leave entitlement.”

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