Overseas holidays boost promotion chances

Something for the weekend…

Employees looking to get ahead at work may not consider buying more holiday through a holiday trading scheme or taking advantage of workplace travel discounts as the obvious way to do so.

But new research by travel agency sunshine.co.uk has found a link between the number of overseas holidays employees take and their chances of promotion. 

The survey of 1,974 adults in full-time employment found 41% of respondents had been promoted at work in the last three years, with 83% of these having holidayed abroad at least once a year.

The research also found that 62% of respondents felt that de-stressing on holiday enabled them to be more productive at work and boosted motivation once they returned.

Strikingly, employees that did not go overseas annually felt more stressed with an average score of 8.5 out of 10 (with one being the less stressed and 10 being the most stressed).

Chris Clarkson, managing director of sunshine.co.uk, said: “To see that there is a link between regular holidays abroad and promotions can probably be attributed to the relaxing effect that trips abroad have; providing you aren’t constantly checking your smartphone for work-related emails and messages that is.”

So employers looking to fill certain roles or boost their talent pipeline may find promoting their package of holiday perks is the way forward.