Simple hack to double your annual leave
Everyone is dreaming about their next holiday right now.
2020 has been a challenging and disruptive year so you're probably looking forward to a fresh start in 2021.
Well, finally there is some good news. Aussies can more than double their time off work next year, without exceeding their annual leave limit.
You can get a massive 48 days off next year - that's more than double your usual 20 days of standard annual leave - if you strategically take your days off at certain times of the year.
This hack doesn't compromise too much time away from your desk, while still giving you four or five chunks of time off throughout the year, as most of these breaks fall around public holidays and long weekends.
DAYS TO BOOK OFF
Instant Group, a flexible workspace specialist group, has taken a look at the calendar to figure out how to maximise your downtime - but it's probably a good idea to get the days off approved before you double-up with your colleagues.
• You can get a 10-day break (Dec 25-Jan 3) by booking in just three days off (Dec 29-31).
• Then, at the end of January you can make the most of the Australia Day weekend and get another break by booking four days off (Jan 25-29) to get a nine-day holiday (Jan 23-31).
• In April, you'll get a 10-day break (Apr 2-11) by booking four days off around Easter (Apr 6-9). Then, you can book in another nine days off (Apr 24-May 2) around Anzac Day if you take four days off at the end of the month (Apr 27-30).
• Just in time for Christmas, you need just three days of annual leave (Dec 29-31) to get another 10-day break at the end of the year (Dec 25-Jan 2).
There are additional public holidays for the Queen's Birthday to fill that gap between May and Christmas. We all know this royal birthday falls on a different day each year and can differ among states too. Next year, it falls on Monday, June 14 around the country, except for Queensland where it falls on Monday, September 27 and Western Australia where it is on Monday, October 4 - giving everyone another long weekend.
For Victorians, there's also the AFL Grand Final Friday holiday, the newest public holiday for the state, which falls on a Friday in September or October (the date isn't confirmed until footy season starts). Good news for footy fans as well as for those who won't be watching the game.
AUSSIES NEED A BREAK
With employees working 1712 hours a year on average, Australia is among the top 20 hardest-working countries in the world.
Comparing hours worked, the average Australian works 10 per cent longer than employees in the UK and 20 per cent more than employees in Germany.
Around 13 per cent of people in cities like Sydney and Melbourne work more than 48 hours a week.
Instant Group said that mid-year breaks lead to a healthy work-life balance and can reduce burnout caused by overworking.
"When you're overworked or overwhelmed it's easy to fall into the habit of 'always working' rather than working smart," a spokesperson from Instant Group said.
"It's vital to be able to switch off from work for a while and use downtime to socialise with loved ones, not only to relax your mind but to reset your attention span, improve happiness and renew your creative focus."
Taking regular breaks also helps to protect ourselves from burnout.
Working smarter is a way to avoid burnout, including feelings of anxiety, exhaustion and being disengaged at work. "Before reaching this extreme point in your career, it's essential to take preventive measures, and one of the best ways to do this is by taking strategic and regular breaks. By taking the time to focus on physical and mental health, it enables you to bring your A-game at work."
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