As summer winds down, I’ve been shocked to learn how many people don’t use their vacation time. After doing a little digging, I guess I shouldn’t be too surprised.
According to the State of American Vacation 2016 report from Project: Time Off, 55 percent of American workers didn’t use all of their vacation time in 2015. On average, Americans used 16 vacation days in 2015, down from 20.3 in 2000. Researchers estimate that Americans left 658 million vacation days on the table.
The top six reasons for not using vacation time were:
- Fear of returning to a mountain of work (37 percent)
- Nobody else can do the job (35 percent)
- Unable to afford a vacation (30 percent)
- Taking time off is more difficult as you grow in the company (28 percent)
- Desire to show complete dedication (22 percent)
- Fear of being seen as replaceable (19 percent)
Despite these numbers, employees who used 11 or more vacation days were more likely to have received a raise or bonus than those who used 10 or fewer days. Could it be that employers are taking advantage of the hard work and perceived insecurity of certain employees? Continue reading