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Why spend­ing an ex­tra day on hol­i­day will lend your ca­reer prospects a new lus­tre

Alit­tle of­fice ri­valry, we think you’ll agree, can be healthy. Whether you’re vy­ing for recog­ni­tion with your lat­est pitch or sim­ply flaunt­ing the qual­ity of your al desko lunches, it’s only hu­man to want to one-up your work­mates. But if there’s one con­test it’s worth opt­ing out of en­tirely, it’s ‘pre­sen­teeism’: re­fus­ing to take paid leave, purely for the sake of be­ing seen to do so.

Be­sides, re­cent think­ing sug­gests your mar­tyrly peers’ un­will­ing­ness to spend time re­clin­ing in the sun could be harm­ing their ca­reer prospects. Ac­cord­ing to re­search pub­lished by the In­ter­na­tional Foun­da­tion of Em­ployee Ben­e­fit Plans in the US, em­ploy­ees are on av­er­age 40% more pro­duc­tive af­ter tak­ing a hol­i­day.

What’s more, those who make a habit of us­ing up their an­nual leave re­quire fewer sick days and were noted to be less ir­ri­ta­ble, forgetful and less prone to symp­toms of de­pres­sion.

And you don’t need to spend a month ‘find­ing your­self’ in South­east Asia to cash in, ei­ther. A sep­a­rate study con­cluded that hol­i­day hap­pi­ness peaks af­ter just eight days; those who go away for longer ex­pe­ri­ence no ad­di­tional ben­e­fits to mood or relaxation. De­part on Satur­day, re­turn well rested the fol­low­ing Sun­day, and you can con­sider your­self on the flight path to pro­mo­tion.

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