WASHINGTON (TVR) – Can’t we get a break? Apparently not.
American workers on average forfeit half of their vacation time each year, and a full 90% don’t use all of the time away they’re allowed, according to a Glassdoor survey.
That equates to $66.4 billion in lost benefits, Project: Time Off estimates.
Two-thirds of them, 66%, admitted to Glassdoor they work while on vacation.
That’s up 8.1% from those who said they did it three years ago.
“While taking a vacation may make employees temporarily feel behind, they should realize that stepping away from work and fully disconnecting carries a ripple effect of benefits,” explained Carmel Galvin, Chief Human Resources Officer at Glassdoor.
“It allows employees to return to work feeling more productive, creative, recharged and reenergized. In turn, employers should consider what a vacation really means – to actually vacate work – and how they can support employees to find true rest and relaxation to avoid burnout and turnover within their organizations.”
Working During Vacation Time
The reasons Americans gave for why they work while on vacation varied.
Twenty-nine percent of people said they were contacted by a co-worker during their time off and 25% said their boss had contacted them directly.
Relatives are noticing.
Fourteen percent of workers said a family member complained about them working while on vacation, the survey found.
“We are seeing a push and pull situation when it comes to employees taking vacation and paid time off, in which people attempt to step away from the office for a break from work, but technology is keeping them connected with the swipe of a finger,” Galvin said.
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Many Can’t Afford Vacation Time
Nearly half of Americans say they don’t use all their vacation time because they simply can’t afford it.
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Danny Aguilar, a self-employed resident of Lakewood, Colorado, told the AP for its survey he doesn’t have the money to use his vacation time.
“You don’t know what’s going to happen. You never really know what’s coming. You can’t really budget,” Aguilar said.
Forty-one percent of people surveyed said they don’t get any paid vacation time from their company.
Even among those who do get time off, 14% said they don’t use any of the days they’re allowed.
“I’m working three jobs to make ends meet,” David Kisler of Costa Mesa, California, told the AP to explain why he won’t take a vacation this summer.
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