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A third of workers afraid to take leave because of supervisors: poll

2012/04/18 21:24:20

Taipei, April 18 (CNA) Over 30 percent of polled employees said they do not dare to take their annual leave because of their supervisors, according to a survey published Wednesday.

Of the 2,501 correspondents of the online poll by eJob, an employment service website set up by the Bureau of Employment and Vocational Training, 33.59 percent said they have given up their annual leave before because their supervisors do not like workers to take time off.

In addition, some 15.51 percent of workers said that time off makes no difference since they still have to work on holiday, while 13.35 percent worried that time off will give their supervisors a bad impression, according to the poll, which was conducted from March 1-31.

While the law stipulates that employers should offer at least seven days a year as paid annual leave for employees who have worked for more than one year, the website said that pressure and increasing competition in the workplace were the main reasons behind the poll's results.

Noting that time off can ease work pressure and improve efficiency, the website said workers should plan their tasks and complete them accordingly before they take a vacation.

The website also suggested the establishment of a system for co-workers to cover each other's work responsibilities, while keeping their supervisors informed about the progress of the work.

(By Zoe Wei and Kay Liu)