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    Why holidays are so important – this year more than ever

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    By Dr Lynda Shaw, neuroscientist, business psychologist and change specialist The past year has been incredibly tough and unpredictable, and the uncertainty and constant changes have increased our stress and anxiety levels. Many of us are hoping to take a holiday this summer, whether that is in this country or perhaps abroad. Here is why […]

    A third of Brits are planning to blow post-lockdown budgets on a holiday of a lifetime – Are you?

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    A third of Brits are planning to blow the budget on a holiday of a lifetime once restrictions are lifted – but like with business travel they want assurances about accommodation, flights travel insurance. Research of 2,000 adults found many can’t wait to go on holiday, but are feeling nervous about making bookings after recent […]

    ‘Workcations’ are a new trend, it seems…

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    Despite the uncertainty in travel currently, you can bet frequent travellers are itching for a big getaway once travel corridors begin to open. But with the need for quarantines on either side of embarkation, some may look to ‘workcations’ as a way to still get away without using up all of their holiday allowance. That’s […]

    Sandals Royal Barbados confirms expansion plans

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    Sandals Resorts International (SRI) is continuing development in the Caribbean as Sandals Royal Barbados breaks ground on a new expansion, just in time for the summer season. Set to launch on 1st July 2021, the South Seas Village at Sandals Royal Barbados will be home to 66 new suites, bringing the total room count to […]

    All in half a day’s work: the countries where you could have 34 extra days off a year

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    Denmark is the best country for work-life balance, new research has revealed. Software provider Vantage Technologies has calculated the amount of time people across the world spend working, using OECD data on weekly working hours and government paid holiday policies. The results reveal that Danish residents work 34 days less than the average UK worker. Working from home […]

    Businesses should prepare for a surge in holiday bookings

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    Over the next few months, employers can expect to be inundated with annual leave requests warns Adrian Lewis, Director of Activ Absence. And he believes this makes it more important than ever to have robust systems in place to manage these requests and prevent HR getting overloaded. Following the Government’s announcement of how it will […]

    Sandals Resorts expands into St. Vincent with Buccament Bay acquisition

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    Luxury all-inclusive specialist Sandals Resorts International (SRI) is expanding to St. Vincent and the Grenadines, its eighth island in the Caribbean, and a new destination for the brand, following the acquisition of Buccament Bay Spa and Resort. The resort, which has been shuttered as a failed development since 2016, will be completely transformed to become […]

    29% increase in last-minute holiday requests as temperatures soar in June heatwave

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    HR software and employment law specialist BrightHR has reported a 29% increase in annual leave requests made via its platform this week, compared with a week earlier as UK workers look to take some last-minute leave and enjoy the heatwave. Alan Price, an employment law expert and CEO at BrightHR, commented on the last-minute holiday […]

    Warning on pending annual leave crisis due to Coronavirus

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    The coronavirus pandemic has seen 46% of full-time employees cancelling an average of seven days of annual leave, new research shows, highlighting an incoming annual leave crisis for employers. The survey of 2002 full-time UK workers, carried out by timetastic.co.uk, also found that 36% of employees haven’t heard anything from their employers regarding what will happen […]

    VIDEO: Do you suffer from F.O.A.L (fear of annual leave)?

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    Millions of workers aren’t taking all of their annual leave – because they have too much work to do, or feel their boss wouldn’t approve it. A poll of 2,000 office workers found that out of the average 28-day entitlement, 28 per cent of staff leave five days a year unclaimed. One in 10 adults […]