How to maximise your leave allowance in 2021

Make your vacation time stretch a bit further this year

How to maximise your leave allowance in 2021

2021 has only just begun but if it’s anything like last year, we’re in for a rollercoaster of a ride.

The previous 12 months have been tough and for many, the Christmas break provided a much-needed opportunity for rest away from the workplace.

As we gear up for another challenging year, making the most of leave allowance will be key to avoiding burnout and keeping our health in check.

This year, Australian employees can more than double their 20 days statutory leave allowance by utilising a few key dates.

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Instant Offices has highlighted the best times to take holiday throughout the year, using public holidays and long weekends to eek out vacation time.

January

  • Take a 9-day holiday by booking 4 days off from 23 Jan – 31 Jan

April

  • Take a 10-day holiday by booking 4 days off from 2 Apr – 11 Apr

April/May

  • Take a 9-day holiday by booking 4 days off from 24 April – 2 May

December/January 2022

  • Take a 10-day holiday by booking 3 days off from 25 Dec – 2 Jan

The benefits of utilising annual leave allowance are plentiful, especially during times of economic uncertainty.

As business leaders turn their attention to recovering from the impacts of the pandemic, there will undoubtedly be a greater push towards profit.

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The focus on mental health we’ve seen during 2020 may well be tested, meaning it is more important than ever to prioritise adequate rest.

Working from home also tends to lead to working longer hours and putting in greater discretionary effort, all of which can quickly lead to burnout.

Without proper downtime away from the office, productivity, employee engagement and mental health will all begin to suffer.

Therefore, it is vital for HR leaders to ensure employees are using their time off throughout the year to avoid fatigue.

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