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Majority of employees in Taiwan fear taking time off: survey

Majority of employees in Taiwan fear taking time off: survey

Taipei, Nov. 7 (CNA) A majority of employees in Taiwan are afraid to take time off from work because of fears it would make their bosses unhappy, according to a survey. Citing the results of the survey released Friday, online job bank yes123 said 63.6 percent of respondents admitted that they feared taking days off too often because they were afraid their absences would lead their supervisors to downgrade their performance evaluations. Forty percent of respondents said they faced difficulties getting approval from their bosses to take leave, and a large majority still had leave available, the survey found. A total of 83.5 percent of respondents said they have not taken any or only some of their annual leave for this year, even though 2015 has nearly come to an end, the survey found. Some 60 percent of respondents who still have annual leave available said they were too busy and did not have time to take it, and 34.2 percent worried that taking vacation would interrupt their work and put them behind schedule on the job. About a quarter of respondents (24.4 percent) said they feared taking lengthy annual leaves would make their employers unhappy, while 20.2 percent feared they would get a poor year-end evaluation after taking a long vacation, the survey found. As for what they did on their vacations, 49.9 percent of respondents said they traveled within Taiwan while 40.5 percent said they traveled overseas, 49.3 percent said they took time off to deal with personal matters, and 44.1 percent said rested at home. Yes123 spokesman Yang Tsung-pin (???) suggested that employees not take annual leave during their companies' peak business seasons and that they complete their work ahead of schedule before taking long annual leaves. The survey, conducted from Oct. 20 to Oct. 30, collected 1,274 valid questionnaires and had a margin of error of plus or minus 2.75 percentage points. (By Chiu Po-sheng and Frances Huang)


Updated : 2021-06-17 02:19 GMT+08:00