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BLOG: Who stole your holiday, dude?

Zafar Anjum | Nov. 19, 2012
A survey says Singaporeans are most ‘vacation deprived’ and that the world’s most demanding bosses are right here in Asia.

Apart from bosses, money is the other prohibiting factor for Singaporeans. They are feeling the pinch more and more as 16 percent cited financial considerations as a deterrent when planning for a getaway, up three percent from 2011, the survey indicates.

Contrast this with the Europeans who are the leaders in vacationing. Among the countries surveyed, Europeans treat vacation as a duty rather than a perk. Most European workers have between 25 and 30 days of vacation time available to them each year, in addition to state and religious holidays.

So, what does it tell us? While European workers are having fun, workers in Asia are trapped in their offices. How incongruent it seems with what's on the telly. We are told that Europe is burning, is in slow economic decline whereas Asia is rising. If that means less vacation for the Asian worker, then what's the point of such economic growth, one is forced to wonder.

What do you say, chief? Send me your thoughts while I'm off to a brief holiday.

 Zafar Anjum is the online editor of MIS Asia, CIO Asia, Computerworld Singapore and Computerworld Malaysia.



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