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Americans are taking less vacations

Posted: 16/06/2016

By: GAY PV Magazine

Current  research conducted by Project: Time Off found American vacation usage had fallen to 16.0 days a year—nearly a full week less than the average between 1978 and 2000. In the latest analysis of vacation usage, American workers took 16.2 days of vacation in 2015.  For decades, Americans enjoyed taking more than 20.3 days of vacation each year. But beginning in 2000, vacation usage fell below that long-term average, setting off a steady decline that has stubbornly continued ever since. This is almost a week less, something called the lost week of vacation. 

More than half of American workers surveyed—55 percent—left vacation days unused in 2015. This study is the first time Project: Time Off has ever reported a majority of American workers not using all their vacation. Previous research by Project: Time Off showed that 42 percent of Americans were leaving vacation time on the table. The 55 percent of under-vacationed Americans left a total 658 million vacation days unused. It is the biggest number Project: Time Off has ever reported, far exceeding the previous estimate of 429 million unused days. 

Why No Vacation?

The workplace barriers to taking vacation reflect previous Project: Time Off research, with fears that employees would return to a mountain of work (37%) and that no one else can do the job (30%) cited as the greatest challenges. The feeling that it is harder to take time off the higher up you get in a company also featured prominently (28%), followed by the idea that employees want to show complete dedication to their company and job (22%). 

Compared to previous results, the challenges facing American workers have lessened—albeit only slightly. The numbers are moving in the right direction, but there is still vast improvement that needs to be made before proclaiming the beginning of a cultural shift in the workplace.

Real workplace change depends on America’s managers. To workers, the boss is the most powerful influencer when it comes to taking time off, even slightly more influential than the employee’s family (24% put the boss as number one, 23% said family). In fact, 80 percent of employees said if they felt fully supported and encouraged by their boss, they would be likely to take more time off.

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