19
Aug
Stand Agency

Reframing annual leave – a win for mental health, the environment and local businesses

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Whether it’s our environmental conscience, Brexit-fuelled visa uncertainty or – yes, you guessed it – the pandemic, the way we are thinking about holidays has changed.

Firstly, we’ve been forced to reconsider how we approach annual leave. In the past taking days off from work almost invariably meant travel, often travel overseas. Over the past year of course things have been different, and the pandemic forced us to rethink how we use our annual leave entitlement. There’s a reason the Government makes it compulsory for employers to give their staff annual leave – and it isn’t because they want us to be catching flights to exotic locales! It’s because working continuously without any breaks is bad for productivity, results in poor mental health, and the risk of burnout.

The mental health benefits of taking time off are well-documented and understood. In 2020 many employers reported their staff weren’t using up annual leave, hoping to save it up for when international travel resumed. Sadly, for many, this wait wasn’t fruitful and just resulted in unclaimed holiday being lost, and months of break-free work. With this came the realisation that annual leave is more about a break from work than it is about travel.

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05
Oct
Jevan Watson

Get back to work if you can… but don’t

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For the better part of six months everyone who could work from home has had to accept the new norm, glued to their computers, Zoom meetings galore and the somewhat challenging task of trying to find a viable space to work in an unusually congested home.

For many it was difficult to adjust at first, but a necessity to crack on, combined with the opportunity to avoid the daily commute has resulted in a certain affinity to working from home on a more regular basis.

Some companies such as Twitter have embraced flexible working after deciding that having an office space is nothing more than an unnecessary overhead. But as measures began to ease and the government called for people to get back to work, many companies were planning their return to office life… until very recently.

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