In this blog post, we are going to discuss what is annual leave, some of the best reasons to take leave. We also learn about why taking annual leave is important, followed by some tips to bring a culture change to the workplace.
The 7 best reasons for taking an annual leave
Below are some of the best reasons for taking an annual leave:
- Work-life balance is important
- You need to spend some quality time with your loved ones
- You have to take care of your physical or mental health.
- It improves your productivity
- You get to have new experiences
- Gives you time to practice self-care
- You need maternity or paternity leave.
What is annual leave?
Annual leave is paid period off work, granted by employers to staff to be used for whatever the employee desires. It varies amongst different companies based on the employer’s policies. The number of days included in this leave also depends on the policy of the company and the employee may have to give prior notice before taking a leave.
When the employee sends their application for leave, it is necessary that they coordinate well with all the concerned departments, so that all the requirements can be arranged during the employee’s absence at work.
Nowadays, the majority of companies have shown a great emphasis on providing paid leave to their workers/employees. Some companies consider it as a right and some might consider it as a perk.
Some common reasons to take annual leave
Taking a break from work for a couple of days helps you in maintaining a work-life balance. It has multiple positive effects, such as low levels of stress, lower risk of burnout, positive wellbeing, etc. This is beneficial for both employees and employers.
It is believed that resting after work is important for better productivity and results. Work is not the only need that a man has in his life. Love, safety, food, etc, are also some of the other needs that they may desire. Referring to Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, one needs to meet all the basic needs to meet their maximum potential.
Therefore, taking a break from work and spending some quality time alone or with family can help you maintain a work-life balance.
Spending time with loved ones
Taking time off with family and loved ones should be considered a top priority. Spending time with loved ones could be a good reason to take leave, as it helps to reduce stress levels. Being physically present with loved ones will provide you with emotional support and help you deal with stress effectively.
Everyone needs time off, and if you make an effort to spend that time with your loved ones it can improve your work-life. It gives you a sense of belongingness, boosts your motivation and increases productivity. You might feel happier while going to work.
Taking care of Mental and Physical health
To improve your mental and physical health you must take leave. Not only does it decrease your stress levels, but it also helps you become more creative, productive, and motivated. Taking a break can physically recharge you. If you have an injury or are facing some serious physical/mental health issue, you can ask for a break to recover.
You must not undervalue your annual leave. When employees are encouraged to take their annual leave entitlement, it prevents the onset of further complications in the development of a mental illness such as depression, anxiety, etc.
Creating new memories and experiences
Taking leave to explore and make memories is very good for your health. A memory is something that you will be able to cherish forever, you can even share it with others. New experiences sometimes change you as a person, it can be an integral part of self-growth.
It changes your perception, how you look at things and deal with them. Memories can be passed on for generations, you can share them with your kids, grandkids, etc. They can be a source to make your life more meaningful. The experiencing-self wants to explore things and the remembering-self wants memories. They go hand-in-hand.
Maternity and Paternity leave is paid time off that an employee can take to care for their newborn or newly adopted child. Under maternity leave, the expecting mother gets a certain time off before and after the birth of the child.
Paternity leaves are provided because a father needs to be emotionally and physically available for the mother as well as their child. The father is granted leave for a short period before and after the delivery of the child.
Maternity and Paternity leaves differ based on the country’s legislation and the company’s policies. Although, in most countries, parents are entitled to take maternity/paternity leave. It is essential for the development of their child.
Culture change at the workplace
Employees are entitled to annual leaves and companies must respect that. Contacting employees when they’re on break should be unacceptable unless it’s an emergency.
HR Manager should provide all the employees with a live document that tracks everyone’s number of holidays. This way an employee can add his/her own list of holidays and see that others are taking holidays too. It acts as a reminder. HR should keep a track of the employee’s annual leave.
The company’s policy should be very open and clear so that the employee is aware of the organisation’s expectations and can plan their annual leave accordingly. Employee feedback on the management and annual leave policy should always be taken into consideration for a smooth functioning work environment.
In this brief guide, we discussed what annual leave is, some common reasons for annual leave, and how to bring a culture change to the workplace.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs): List of reasons for annual leave
What is a good reason to take leave?
There are many reasons to take leave, but some of the most common reasons include taking care of your mental and physical health, spending time with loved ones, and bereavement leave can be considered a perfectly good reason to apply for annual leave.
Do I need to give a reason for annual leave?
Yes, you need to give a reason for annual leave. Your employer will consider your application for leave and decide to accept it or deny it based on the company’s annual leave policy. A prior application needs to be sent to the employer before taking annual leave.
Can annual leave be denied?
The employer can refuse an employee’s request for annual leave based on the company’s policy and the number of holidays that the employee has already taken. For instance, if an employee has taken 30 days off at work in total then the employer may deny their application or allow the employee to take unpaid leave.
How many days of annual leave are you entitled to?
In India, the law mandates a minimum of 15 days of annual leave. Although, the number of annual leave days can change depending upon the country’s laws and the organisation’s annual leave policy. The employer can also sometimes offer more, based on your contract with the company.
Can you cash out more than 2 weeks of annual leave?
The minimum annual leave is for 2 weeks anytime within 12 months, and the employee must be paid no less than they would have received if they hadn’t taken the leave. Basically, it’s paid leave. If you want to cash out more than 2 weeks of annual leave, it will have to be a completely separate agreement/contract with the organisation based on their terms.
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