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Thursday 19 October 2017

Employers back extra holidays - but most staff don't use existing leave

CPL director Peter Cosgrove
CPL director Peter Cosgrove
Colm Kelpie

Colm Kelpie

Five extra days off in holiday leave would boost productivity, employers have agreed in response to a survey.

However, up to 80pc of staff do not take all their holidays as it is, according to a separate study.

Peter Cosgrove, director of recruitment firm CPL Resources, which carried out the survey, said he was not surprised that employers backed the idea of extra holidays.

"We're seeing so many employers realise that their employees are getting burnt out," he said.

"Some employers, whether they like it or not, probably aren't very good at getting people to take their holidays. They say it, but there is never a good time for people to take their holidays."

CPL surveyed 273 employers last month, at senior manager level, with a massive 95pc saying they would back the idea of an extra five days holidays for their staff.

But a CPL survey the previous month of around 1,000 employees found that 80pc do not take their full holiday entitlement.

Mr Cosgrove said that in some companies, there was a culture of not wanting to be seen to be taking time off.

"The sectors that would struggle the most would be financial services, but it's probably the companies where there's an alpha culture in there, where it's not seen as the right thing to do to take it. I'd say those sort of organisations are the ones where it's nearly frowned on to take your holidays, it's a bit of a macho image," he said.

Meanwhile, the vast majority of business leaders believe an inclusive environment is vital to business performance.

However, there remains a lack of gender, race, ethnicity and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) diversity at senior management and board level, according to research from consultancy group EY.

Irish Independent

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