4 in 10 execs say productivity would increase with unlimited vacation: Survey

But one-half of workers would not take more time off
|hrreporter.com|Last Updated: 07/20/2015

Nearly four in 10 (39 per cent) advertising and marketing executives believe office output would increase if employees could take time off whenever they wanted, as long as their performance didn't suffer, according to a survey from staffing firm the Creative Group

But while more companies may be offering liberal vacation policies in an attempt to attract and retain talent, it seems many professionals are hesitant to take advantage of the perk: A majority of the 430 executives (72 per cent) and workers (56 per cent) said the amount of vacation they would take would remain the same if there were no limit to their personal holidays.

"In theory, having complete control over vacation time can be empowering for employees; but, in practice, regardless of the policy in place, constant deadlines and project demands can make it challenging for employees to take necessary time off," said Deborah Bottineau, senior regional manager of the Creative Group. "To help reduce the pressure of deadlines and to make it easier for staff to take much-needed vacation, managers can look to various options, such as hiring freelance professionals, to ensure projects stay on track."

And managers shouldn't neglect their own vacation time, she said.

“Being an example for your staff is a great way (to) encourage them to follow suit, and ensures you're getting a break as well."

"If your company instituted an unlimited vacation policy,
what impact would it have on staff productivity?
"

Executives

Workers

Increase significantly

15%

18%

Increase somewhat

24%

21%

No change

43%

27%

Decrease somewhat

8%

15%

Decrease significantly

9%

16%

"If your company instituted an unlimited vacation policy,
do you think you would take …?
"

Executives

Workers

More time off

24%

38%

Less time off

4%

3%

Same amount of time off

72%

56%

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