Ipsos Global and Reuters released recently the findings of a study that shows that South Africans work hard. The study revealed that 53 percent of the country’s working class are not consuming their annual leave days.
While South Africans are known to be a hard-working nation, failure to take annual leave is not unusual in the global context with only 33 percent of Japanese employees taking all their allotted vacation days. Similar to their South African counterparts, only 47 percent of Australians take all of their annual leave.
There is a large body of research suggesting the importance of taking annual leave to the overall health and wellbeing of employees, as well as the South African economy.
Statistics South Africa shows that employee absenteeism costs the South African economy between R12 billion and 16bn annually, a large portion of which can be attributed to workplace stress, burn-out and employee ill health.