London: It may not be true in your office—thanks to a broad-minded boss, but a new study has revealed that a large number of executives in Britain are afraid to go on holidays fearing they could lose their job.
In their study, researchers have found that at least one in four employees would not use their full entitlement of earned leave every year as they are too worried about their job security.
According to them, the “holiday paranoia” of many executives has been fuelled by redundancy rates doubling over the past year, the ‘Daily Mail´ reported.
“There is clearly a fear that ‘out of sight means out of mind´. But, without taking a proper break, individual performance can suffer and employers will notice mistakes more than they will absence through holiday.
“Individuals actually need time off to recharge their batteries,” Jo Causon, director of corporate affairs at the Chartered Management Institute, which commissioned the research, was quoted as saying.
The researchers came to the conclusion after carrying out a survey of junior and senior managers mostly in private firms across Britain—37% of the respondents said they had tried to encash their unused holidays.
However, few employers have insisted that it is very important for staff to take a break.