Regular breaks from work are essential for mental health and productivity, and provisions for leave in Australia are generous compared to some countries, but that doesn't mean we always heed the call. Research by Roy Morgan suggests more than one-third of us haven't taken a single holiday in the last year.
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The Roy Morgan figures are based on a survey of 19,833 Australians. In that group, 35 per cent said they hadn't taken a holiday in the last 12 months. In 2008, the figure was 31 per cent.
Those figures are self-reported, so it seems possible that people are drawing a distinction between single days off (long weekends and the like) and longer planned holidays. Either way, however, it's not a healthy trend. Plan to take a break. It's tough, but burnout is tougher.