Having paid time off from work is important to employees but it is also a benefit to the business - rested workers who feel valued are more productive.

Managing holidays within your team is an important part of your role as a manager. If annual leave is not managed correctly, it can lead to problems and create risks to the business. 

This guide is designed to help you manage leave across your team in a fair and consistent way.

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