Singapore public holidays 2023: How to get 49 days of vacation using 17 days of annual leave, Lifestyle News

No matter what your favourite feng shui master says about 2023, I’m declaring it a pretty damn auspicious year for the simple fact that we’ve got a whopping six long weekends.

But short getaways are so pre-pandemic. It’s 2023 and borders are finally open, so it’s time to make up for lost travel time with some proper overseas trips.

Based on the average/standard annual leave allowance of 14 to 18 days, here are some suggestions on how you can strategically plan your leave to turn 10 public holidays into 49 glorious days of vacation.

Our guide to getting 49 days of vacation using 17 days of annual leave

In the table above, you’ll find a summary of our suggested leave-taking strategy for 2023. You don’t have to follow it to a tee, but the following principles will ensure you squeeze the maximum juice out of your annual leave.

Enjoy one block holiday every quarter

Long weekends are nice, but if you really want to maximise your leave days, take block leave between two weekends, using public holidays to reduce the number of leave days you need to spend.

Thanks to the favourable public holiday dates in 2023, you’ll be able to do this at least once every quarter.

In Jan 23 and 24 (Mon and Tue) will be public holidays thanks to Chinese New Year. By taking just three days of leave from the Jan 25 to the 27 (Wed to Fri), you’ll be able to enjoy a holiday of up to nine days, from Jan 21 to 29. As an added bonus, you’ll also get a vacation from your relatives’ annual inappropriate questions.

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In April, you can take four

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How To Make Your Public Holidays Longer

Fancy yourself the king of the holiday hack? Every time January rolls around, the more tactful full-time workers amongst us start to think about how they can maximise their standard 20 days of paid annual leave and stretch it out with the best annual leave dates. 2023 will be no different, and if you work it correctly you’re looking at turning your 20 days of paid leave into a 48-day vacation. Not a consecutive 48 days, of course, but 48 days in total throughout the calendar year.

In 2019, Contiki did the quick math to find out you could stretch your allocated leave to a total of 42 days, which was a revelation for those who wanted to spend as much time as possible overseas without undershooting their work obligations.

For 2022, the team at Finder one-upped the idea of the annual leave hack, revealing that if you play your cards exactly right (and you live in certain Australian states) you could turn 20 days of annual leave into potentially 58 days… without taking a single day of unpaid leave. They did cheat a bit though, counting the New Year’s period from 2021-2022.

Here, we’ve only considered the 2023 calendar year and the public holidays like Australia Day, Queen’s Birthday and Good Friday, so the annual travel hack starts late January.

Best Annual Leave Dates 2023 – Table Of Contents

How To Maximise Annual Leave In 2023

Take note of the best annual leave dates and book your time off accordingly. Remember, your colleagues are going to be reading this too so consider this a race. First look through the full 2023 public holiday schedule for Australia and think about how you can make your public holidays longer. Taking annual leave never felt so good.

20 days is the legal

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Encourage Your Team To Take A Vacation And Watch Business Productivity Soar

In Europe, the summer break is sacred. There’s an unwritten rule that August is vacation season, and most things can wait until September. But while their European counterparts enjoy rest and relaxation, many U.S. workers are still at their desks. According to Expedia, Americans took the least amount of vacation days globally in 2021, leaving an average of more than four days or 29% of their paid time off (PTO) unused. However, with more than two thirds of American workers feeling at least moderately burned out, it’s more important than ever for people to unplug from work. And it’s in employers’ best interest to make sure they do.

WFH = Never Switching Off

With the rise of remote and hybrid work, the lines between home and work life have become increasingly blurred, making it difficult for people to switch off completely. Despite hybrid being employees’ preferred way of working and associated with improved wellbeing and work-life balance, data suggests it can be more emotionally draining than fully remote or full-time office working. “A predictable, consistent routine can help people cope with feelings of stress and uncertainty – especially during a pandemic,” says Elora Voyles, an industrial organizational psychologist and people scientist at TINYpulse. “Hybrid, however, requires frequent changes to those daily habits: workers have to constantly switch things up, so it’s hard to find a routine when your schedule is always in and out of the office.”

Even when people take time out, half admit to bringing their work laptops on vacation, and 41% frequently

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