The long weekend of Australia Day may not have been a big break, but for an increasing number of full-time workers, two or three days out of the office is more than enough for a holiday.
According to new research from Expedia, when it comes to taking annual leave, Australian workers are taking less and less each year.
The study of 11,144 respondents revealed that workers are opting for a weekend off instead of taking several weeks off, with one in six Aussies not having a single day off in 2018.
And while we usually enjoy traveling overseas, Australia has become the third worst in the world to receive annual vacations – putting us behind Japan and Italy.
Research with working Australians has analyzed our annual license habits and motivations and exposed us as a nation of workaholics.
According to the annual report of 11,144 respondents entitled "Deprivation of Vacations", the Australian average takes only 14 of its 20 days of vacation per year, with six days without use. That means a downward trend over the last 10 years – in 2009, the Aussies only left 3.5 days unused.
Although sometimes the reason employees do not quit is that they fear that the person filling them might discover poor performance or problems that the employee hides, Expedia said their research pointed out that money was the biggest factor out.
"In our 'always on' world, holidays and work breaks are important, especially since almost half of Australian workers say they miss their vacation and need a break," said Lisa Perkovic, travel specialist at Expedia.
"Accessibility is a key concern, although taking a break does not have to break the bank. We encourage the Aussies to be experienced with their approach to vacation so they can take a break more often – and that does not mean just international. "
According to Roy Morgan Research, Australians collectively accumulated 133,737,000 days of cumulative annual leave – on average, 16 days per full-time Australian.
Surprisingly, 3 percent of workers have more than 10 weeks or more of annual vacations locked out and 17 percent do not know how the current balance of their annual leave, according to the 2017 survey.
Last year, Japanese workers rated the child as having paid leave and had the highest proportion of those who felt guilty for doing so.
According to an annual survey of workers around the world, Japanese workers used only 50% of their days, putting them at the end of the list for the second consecutive year.
It also showed that 63% of Japanese workers felt guilty of gaining paid leave, ranking first among 15,081 respondents aged 18 or over.
The survey also showed that the Japanese had difficulty logging off – 22 percent checked their work e-mails during the holidays, the largest among the nations surveyed.
In research conducted by booking.com in 2018, which also looked at annual licensing trends, surveys have shown that southern Australians are the largest workers in the country, where only 19% use all annual leave and more than a third for seven to 12 months.
Queenslanders ranked second, while full-time workers in Western Australia ranked third for people who do not leave for the longest period.
The states most likely to take a well-deserved break are NSW and Victoria, with the highest number of respondents ever using their annual vacations.
According to finder.com.au, the 2018 survey revealed a strong need for Australian workers to take a break for their health, with three out of every 10 workers admitting that they left early from work due to exhaustion. In addition, an equivalent of nearly 1 million workers said they had fallen asleep at work.
But industry experts have warned that 2019 may be the year that Australians take a little more leave because of the number of upcoming holidays.
The first of the long weekend of 2019 crashed last week with the official Australian Day holiday, but the best time to save on the license is between Easter and Anzac Day.
As Good Friday is on April 19 this year, there are only four business days between Easter and Anzac Day, which means a potential 10-day break with only three days of annual vacation to be used.
"Taking a regular license reduces stress, improves productivity and overall well-being," Joanna Fishman, director of Associated EAP, a provider of psychology services, told Skyscanner.
"Saying goodbye is also associated with greater satisfaction with life, particularly as free time often gives us the opportunity to have a good time with family and friends, try new things or new ways of being.
"We found that many of our customers are under intense pressure not to say goodbye because they feel totally responsible for their workload. This is a well-known cognitive error and employees are surprised to know that everything went well during their absence. "