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Sometimes things can go a bit far the other way--because I wasn't able to take 8 days of holiday last year (gave it up voluntarily due to things being so busy in the last 3 months of the year) it got brought forward to this year, and I'm struggling to take all that extra time off!
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Being a Brit I can honestly say the last thing I would ever do is not take any of my allotted holiday. Its just not happening. I don't think I have ever even known anyone who doesn't use theirs. For instance after my summer break I now have 6 days left - I'll plan when to use them and book them over the remainder of the year rather than keeping them 'in case' and being stuck with them. I'd like to say I return refreshed but I return probably more snarlingly irritated than before. Sorry colleagues. I do enjoy my job plenty but actually find it easier when I'm settled into a steady routine of doing it. Who's to say I wouldn't be worse without the break though, and I might have more energy subsequently.
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As another Brit I can echo the above. Our holiday year ends on April 30th and there's always several taking leave in April to get down to the carry over limit without losing the holiday. Personnaly I can never have enough leave!
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As yet another Brit. I have in the past not taken holiday leave or virtually any holiday throughout the year due to work pressures. It can almost become an expectation that you are always on hand. Now for the past few years I ensure to take ALL of my holiday entitlement by the end of each year. The business is better for it and it's better for the soul too. Just wish sunshine could be booked at the same time as leave. :-)
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Ah Steve... You have not looked at any other European countries. You may find that some are even more generous. And some companies even add more to that.
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My jaundiced look at life tells me that if you are failing to take leave because of work pressures or you are working excessive hours it probably means that you are either inefficient - or more likely you are doing some one else's job as well as your own!
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I distrust people that don't take all their leave.
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"I should have spent more time at the office" is a quotation you will never see on a tombstone.

When I was working (happily now retired) I took all the leave including flexitime (if you worked more than the contracted hours the additional time accumulated). That way I stopped doing two peoples' jobs. We did work the long shifts, the out of hours stuff and disasters but we didn't end up jibbering in the corner from mental and physical exhaustion.

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It is simply a question of organising your time off. Schedule it long enough in advance so that everybody knows when you are off. Do not wait for the last minute. You are then left with the left-overs.

For my part I always take 2 weeks at Easter, 1 week in June and 3 weeks in October/November, plus a few long weekends. Everybody knows it and everything is scheduled around those periods.

I switch my mobile phone off during those times.
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