Employers should give staff at least four weeks holidays a year to make employees better at their jobs. To what extent do you agree or disagree?
In order to improve productivity at work some people suggest workers should be given a months break from their jobs. In my opinion, taking time off is important but it might be the case where a long break for some key workers is not possible.
One of the features of the modern workplace is the provision of paid holidays. This leave allows employees to return to work refreshed ready to face what is often a monotonous work life. Furthermore, it is also beneficial to the employer. Firstly, it is important to have a happy workforce rather than dealing with the grievances of unhappy workers. Secondly, happy workers mean increased production and higher profits for the company. For example, a recent study revealed that workers job performance increases by almost 200% if they have a long holiday once a year
However, some organizations, such as hospitals and government departments, are 365 days a year affairs. It is impossible to shut these workplaces down because there are people who play specific roles and cannot take a long continuous break. For example, surgeons, doctors lawyers and senior officials need to remain at their posts to ensure the smooth running of the business. In such cases, these employees should be able to take smaller breaks that accrue to the four weeks as is suggested.
In conclusion, I agree that four week holidays can be an advantage for employees and employer alike, but we also need to recognise that for some having one month off would not be feasible.
By Dr Rob Burton
time off (idiom) - Time away from work, school, or other responsibilities. I'm looking forward for some time off from my studies over the break to catch up with family and friends. I'm taking some time off of work to look after my daughter while she recovers from her surgery.
case (idiom) - The [current] instance; an actual situation. I think Bill is a vegetarian, and if that is the case, we should not serve him meat. Susie believes trees can talk, but that is not the case.
face up to (something) (idiom) - To deal with or tackle something that is troublesome and/or causes one trepidation. Just face up to your role in the situation—I'm sure Maggie will forgive you if you're honest with her.
grievance (noun) - An actual or supposed circumstance regarded as just cause for complaint. I informed my manager about my grievance.
shut sth down (idiom + phrasal verb) - To cease business operations for any length of time (often permanently). I loved that restaurant, so I'm very disappointed that it shut down. That shop always shuts down for two weeks in the summer to accommodate the owner's vacation.
smooth running (phrasal verb) - An efficient transport system is vital to the smooth running of a country.
accrue (verb + idiom) - To accumulate over time: I have accrued 15 days of sick leave.
feasible (adjective) - Capable of being accomplished or brought about. It was a feasible plan.
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