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'Don't let staff miss holidays'

Firms have been urged to check their staff take their annual leave after a new study found that two out of five managers did not use up all their holiday last year.

A third of those missing out on holidays could not carry over days owing, with some losing a full week , a survey of more than 1,000 managers revealed .

The Institute of Leadership & Management said its research also showed that 40% of managers admitted there was room for improvement in their work/life balance.

The institute said employers should make sure staff book all their leave, and do not work while they are on holiday.

Chief executive Charles Elvin said: "Holidays are vitally important for maintaining a happy, healthy workforce so it's a concern to hear one in 20 managers telling us that they lost a week or more of their annual leave allowance last year.

"Workers come back from leave refreshed, relaxed and revitalised which is ultimately great for business, so it should be a top priority for employers to make sure their employees use it rather than lose it."

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