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The Working Your Way survey of 3,000 employees in eight nations found that of the 47% who have had a time-off request rejected, 26% had a vacation request denied; about a fifth were not permitted to use personal time (22%) or sick time (16%); and 10% said their employer rejected a bereavement request.
- In the United States, 21% of public safety employees have had a sick day request rejected, followed closely by 18% of retail associates. Vacation time is the most commonly rejected time-off request for manufacturing (23%) and health-care (17%) employees.
- Nearly half of all surveyed employees directly blame their manager (45%) when a time-off request is rejected. That could create an uncomfortable rift that further disengages employees. The countries with the highest percentage of blaming the manager were: Mexico (49%), Australia and New Zealand (48%), Canada (46%), and Germany (46%).
- Canada, the United Kingdom and United States lead the survey in workaholics, with 11% of respondents reporting they have not asked for any time off within the last year.
41% of employees believe preventing employee burnout is a top priority for their organization
- 29% said they are currently approaching a state of burnout and need their workload to change. Workers in France (42%) and Mexico (40%) said the situation is most severe.
- 31% of employees believe their manager does not care if they burn out.
- 72% of employees said they try hard to avoid sick days. That may be a byproduct of stringent company policies around sick time, as 29% of survey respondents also say they’re expected to be at work even when they are ill. In fact, 25% are required to report to work while ill so their manager can judge how sick they are.
- Access to sick pay is a likely barrier to rest and recovery. Nearly half of employees in Mexico (45%) and France (43%) said they work while ill because they are not paid for sick leave. This is also true for one-third (34%) of UK employees, as well as a quarter of those in Canada (27%), Australia/New Zealand (27%) and the United States (22%).
90% of employees think their organization can improve scheduling
- With an eye on technology, 33% of employees want solutions that make it easier to swap shifts, seek coverage from colleagues, or opt into open shifts for more hours, especially through mobile phones and tablets.
- 28% wish their organization would embrace self-scheduling, allowing employees to build their own schedules or select preferred shifts that make it easier to manage personal responsibilities outside of work.
- Also, 28% are frustrated with how long it takes managers to approve time-off and scheduling change requests.