New research from a workplace solutions expert has calculated the best options for Brits to make the most out of their annual leave for 2023/2024. Being savvy with Bank Holidays in the next year means employees can enjoy up to 56 days off work.
Officeology has now explained how to do it. With Christmas falling on a Monday this year, Brits can enjoy a two-week festive break -December 23, 2023, to January 7, 2024 – by only using seven days of annual leave. Just book December 27, 28 and 29, alongside January 2, 3, 4 and 5.
But, if you want to make your annual leave go even further, you could use only three days’ holiday for 10 days off – December 23 to January 1. The only days you would need to book as annual leave are December 27, 28 and 29.
In March/April 2024, the much-loved four-day Bank Holiday for Easter means employees can use only four days of annual leave – March 25, 26, 27 and 28 – to get nine days off from March 23 to April 2. With two Bank Holidays to maximise in May 2024, Brits can look forward to 18 days off – May 4 to May 12 and May 25 to June 2 – while only using eight days of annual leave, booking off May 7, 8, 9 and 10, followed by May 28, 29, 30 and 31.
Finally, the last summer Bank Holiday in August lets Brits enjoy nine days off – August 24 to September 1 – while only using four days of holiday allowance – August 28, 29 and 30.
Adam Butler, workplace wellbeing expert at Officeology, said it was important for both employees and employers to maximise annual leave, adding: “From an employee’s perspective, it’s important to make the most of your annual leave and use up your allowance each year to ensure a positive work/life balance. You’ll feel refreshed after your annual leave, meaning increased productivity levels and better focus at work.
“Furthermore, it’s important that employers encourage their staff to take annual leave to avoid burnout and to ensure the wellbeing of their staff. Staff will feel rejuvenated after having a break from work, meaning better productivity and quality of work in the long run.”
The dates to book off work to get two months off using 28 days’ leave