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Irish office workers unable to book enough time off this Christmas

Jane O'Faherty

Published 22/12/2015 | 20:48

The study also highlighted concern over priority given to workers with children
The study also highlighted concern over priority given to workers with children

Some 25pc of Irish office workers say they were unable to book enough time off this Christmas, according to a new survey.

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Extra pressure on employees to work over the holidays and too many co-workers booking leave early were cited as the biggest reasons behind missing out on the desired amount of holidays.

Meanwhile, stress, excessive workloads and a perceived bias in favour of senior staff were also blamed by those surveyed.

The study, carried out by office suppliers Viking, also highlighted concern over priority given to workers with children.

One office worker surveyed said: “Parents seem to get priority over people without children – as if we don’t have lives ourselves!”

Meanwhile, another respondent revealed: “It’s unfair because managers in my office get to pick their Christmas holiday dates before anyone else.”

But that feeling may not be an isolated case, with 39pc of Irish office workers said they believe there is an unfair bias in their workplace. Many among that number also noted that those in more senior positions can get preferential treatment.

The survey of 1500 office workers in Ireland and the UK also showed that one-third of them would change their workplace’s policy on booking annual leave, especially approaching the festive season.

Ruud Linders, Marketing Manager Europe at Viking, said: “While not everything may work out, it is important that offices have a fair system in place so that their workforce can submit their holiday requests early.”

 “The more time they and management have to work around possible problems, the better the employee will feel.”

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