This survey by the Chartered Management Institute found that 63 per cent of managers in local government admitted they will not use all their available holiday allowance this year. The figure has increased from 40 per cent in 2003. With 83 per cent in the sector suggesting that holidays help them ‘cope better with work stress’ and 91 per cent believing holidays help them ‘recharge their batteries’, it is surprising that 43 per cent of respondents intend to carry holiday time over to the next calendar year.Asked why they are prepared to sacrifice time off, one-third in the sector blamed excessive workloads. Some also admitted it was down to ‘poor personal planning’, 7 per cent, and ‘enjoyment of work’ 5 per cent.
With so many days remaining unused, respondents in the local government sector were asked if they could exchange holiday entitlement for other benefits. For 73 per cent ‘no options’ are available, but 15 per cent said unused days could be ‘sold back’ for cash. There has also been a slight increase in the number of organisations offering flexible working options as an alternative to holidays, 16 per cent, up one point from 2006.
There is little response to calls to cut the UK’s ‘carbon footprint’ and few intend to change their travel plans, despite rising concerns about climate change. A minority, 20 per cent, suggested they might fly less and just 1 per cent claimed they will no longer travel by air. Only 8 per cent said they will holiday in the UK, with the most popular destinations listed as the Caribbean, Australia, Canada and the Greek Islands. However, signaling recognition of the need to address environmental issues, 20 per cent in the local government sector already offset their flights, or wider travel arrangements.
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