Vacations are a low priority for Singaporeans
Published on Dec 2, 2011
Singaporeans are reluctant to take holidays, and those that do, work while away form the office...
Holidays are low on the list of priorities for Singaporeans, with many choosing to forgo their vacation, while most insist on working while away. Expedia’s Vacation Deprivation study has revealed some interesting insights into the work-life balance of Singaporean professionals. On average they will take an average of 14 vacation days each year, but many don’t fully enjoy their holiday due to management pressures. Of those surveyed, 38% were unsure if their bosses would be supportive of them taking time off , and 13% believe taking a vacation would trigger negative sentiments in the workplace. Furthermore, 10% of Singaporeans do not holiday out of choice, and 42% have canceled or postponed holiday plans due to work commitments. Commenting on the trend, said Dan Lynn, Chief Executive Officer of AirAsiaExpedia, said; “It’s worrying how so many Singaporeans feel that their lives revolve around work even when on a holiday. Everyone deserves a good break away to recharge and to feel re-energised. In fact, I personally encourage my employees to take all their vacation days to see the world.” On the whole, the study showed that Asia represents the world’s most vacation-deprived region, with Korea, Japan and Singapore receiving the fewest vacation days each year. On average, Japanese workers cleared less than half of their eleven annual vacation days, and South Korean employees left three of their 10 off days unused. Expedia’s Vacation Deprivation study is an annual analysis of the diverse holiday habits of travellers around the world. The 2011 study spans Asia, Australia, North America, Europe and South America, and compares vacationing habits and attitudes of over 7,800 employed people across 20 countries.
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