Research from the Robert Walters Career Lifestyle Survey has revealed that 24% of procurement and supply chain professionals did not use all of their annual leave entitlement last year.
James Franklin, Associate Director at Robert Walters, comments: “Supply chain and procurement functions within businesses are in the process of taking on a higher profile in the eyes of senior managers.
“This change in attitude, compounded by the need to develop contingency plans for supply chain and procurement ahead of the EU referendum, saw many professionals in the field come under a great deal of pressure to deliver results on large scale projects.”
The survey also found that almost a third (29%) of supply chain and procurement professionals chose not to take their full allocation of annual leave because of pressure to meet deadlines and complete projects.
Fear of falling behind was also a key concern for 14% of respondents, as was guilt at leaving other colleagues to take the strain in their absence.
Franklin continues: “Employers looking to secure top talent should not underestimate the importance of putting policies in place that ensure a good work life balance to keep staff motivated and morale high.”
“While there will be situations where longer hours are required it is important to treat these as the exception, not the rule, and to coordinate teams to ensure that all members are able to use their annual leave.”
“Senior managers must remain conscious of the fact that professionals who do not feel able to take their full leave allocation are liable to see their performance suffer, so encouraging them to take the time off that they are entitled to can be viewed as a long-term investment.”