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When was the last time you or your employees took a vacation?
Asian employees lag well behind their European counterparts in their vacationing habits, taking only a median of 14 vacation days out of the 19 days provided. In comparison, Danish, French, German and Spanish employees easily use all of their 30 vacation days.
Expedia’s annual study on vacation deprivation also reported 80% and 90% of worldwide respondents saying that vacations make them feel happier, better rested, closer to their family, less stressed, and more relaxed.
Employees in the Asia Pacific region are married to work, said the report, where they’re offered a median of 18 days off, but they avail only 14.
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Employees in Malaysia were some of the most vacation deprived in the region, offered only two weeks of vacation, of which they use 10 days. India staff are also bad at taking holidays, using just 15 days of the 20 offered by employers.
In comparison, Singapore was better off, with employees availing 14 of their 16 vacation days. Hong Kong employees did well for the region, taking all of the 14 days provided to them.
South Korea was the most vacation deprived of the wider Asian region, where employees use just seven days of the 15 vacations available to them. In turn, South Korean bosses were rated as the most disapproving of their employees taking vacations, by 69%.
Even during a vacation, 30% of Asia Pacific staff admitted to checking work emails and voicemail once a day, or more, versus just 19% of European staff.
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The most popular reason for employees not utilising the available vacation days was that the “work schedule does not allow for it” (19%). This was followed by “desire to carry over to next year” (18%), “lack of money” (18%) and “difficulty in coordinating time” (16%).
The desire to carry over vacation days to the next year resulted in almost one in every three respondents (29%) preferring to stockpile days for a single long vacation, over a handful of short vacations.
One in every 10 Indian employees (11%) admitted their vacation was used in trips related to weddings or family obligations.