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Despite HR professionals agreeing employees’ taking a holiday is important, 61% of organisations report their staff still are not using all their entitled leave.

More than two-thirds of HR leaders said employees who take holidays experience a higher level of job satisfaction (74%), become more productive (72%) and experience greater engagement (67%), according to the Society for Human Resource Management’s (SHRM) Vacation’s Impact on the Workplace survey.

But with Singaporean employees claiming they are “too stressed” to take a holiday – and 45% saying they still work while on vacation anyway – what can you do to encourage staff to take a break?

[BONUS READ: 5 warning signs your staff are burning out]

“It is important for managers and company leaders to see the value in employees taking a vacation,” Lisa Orndorff, SHRM’s manager of employee relations and engagement, said in the survey.

“They should also encourage their people to use their leave, ‘unplug’ if possible and take a break from the work, even if it’s just a day or two every few months.”

If you think your staff are overworked and trying too hard to prove something by neglecting their entitled vacation time, here are some steps you can take:

1. Know the numbers

Since HR practitioners overwhelmingly agree that it is important for employees to take vacation, it would be valuable to know how many vacation days they are using and whether they are neglecting to take time to relax. If employees are not taking vacation days, find out the reason.

2. Take the lead

Make sure the vacation policy fits with your organisation’s culture and that it is being communicated and applied accurately and fairly throughout the company.

3. Understand your employees

Many employers are doing more with less. This could mean your employees have greater workloads and are taking on more responsibility. Managers and leaders should encourage employees to take vacation and ensure that workers do not think there is a stigma associated with requesting leisure time.

See the full SHRM survey here.

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