Taking leave from work benefits your staff and it also has a positive impact on your company. However, studies have shown that a vast number of employees are reluctant to ask for paid time off because they feel they will reap greater professional rewards by working without breaks. Additionally, many managers avoid encouraging leave due to fears that productivity will be impacted but nothing could be further from the truth.
There are numerous benefits that come with taking leave from work for both your company and employees.
For starters, you will see a drop in absenteeism. People who take paid time off are less likely to miss work without giving notice. What’s more, employees are likely to be more honest about the reasons for time off work. Staff who are feeling overworked may take leave from work but lie about it, claiming they are sick or have family responsibilities to tend to. However, if they are rewarded with paid time off, they may feel less of a need to skip work under false pretenses.
Leave from work also helps people to avoid burnout, which occurs during prolonged periods with no rest. As a result, this impacts productivity and can even lead to a higher turnover rate. It seems obvious but paid time off reduces stress among employees. This in turn allows them to cope better with pressure, which leads to higher performance and drive. It also gives staff a chance to find a balance between work and their personal lives, which will lead to a greater sense of fulfillment.
At the end of the day, happy staff members tend to value their jobs more and want to perform better at work. This is why it is important for them to feel comfortable to take leave from work.
That being said, managing leave can be a tedious process and may factor into reasons why both employees are reluctant to apply for leave and employers are reluctant to process their applications. This is where a good online leave management system can help. By streamlining the entire process you need not worry about all the paperwork involved, all the back and forth, and the time wasted on manual leave management. LeavePro can take care of all that for you. We offer a free 14 day free trial to test it out in your company.