A vacation sounds great right now, doesn’t it? Well, no matter how good it might sound, it seems many American employees are failing to take advantage of their paid vacation days.
A new survey from career company Glassdoor reveals that 51 percent of employees who receive paid time off have only used half of their eligible days within the past year, and 15 percent didn’t bother to take any time off at all. Many of those who do decide to cash in their days off aren’t making the most of their decisions, either. More than 60 percent of vacationers admit to working while they’re away from their jobs.
Today’s ultra-competitive environment appears to be having an impact on how much attention employees bother to devote to enjoying their lives outside the office. Here’s a look at some of the top reasons respondents gave for working while on vacation.
- Fear of getting behind
- Desire for a promotion
- Fear of losing job
- Wanting to outperform colleagues
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“It’s clear the word vacation among employers and employees doesn’t mean what it did in the past,” Rusty Rueff, career and workplace expert, Glassdoor, said in a statement accompanying the report. “Before technology allowed us to be connected 24/7, we were more likely to have actually ‘vacated’ our work for a couple of weeks a year, but now, it appears one full day away is a luxury.”
Unconventional Approaches To Vacation Time
While it may be common for professionals in many industries to worry about leaving their responsibilities, an article from Anthony Volastro at NBC points out that some companies don’t have vacation policies at all. For example, Netflix gives customers unlimited movies and TV shows to stream, and it also rewards employees with an unlimited number of vacation days.
In the banking industry, many financial organizations actually require employees to take a certain number of consecutive days away from the company each year. However, it’s not really a move to make sure those banking employees can hit the refresh button. Instead, it’s a measure to prevent fraud and embezzlement. The rationale is that an employee’s extended absence will shed light on any suspicious activities.
Bosses Can Help Prevent Burning Out
Regardless of how your organization structures vacation time, Rueff suggests that its leaders should encourage employees to make the most of this big benefit.
“Employers should consider being more clear to everyone about what it means to be on vacation, actually let others be on vacation, and go beyond just encouraging employees to use time off,” Rueff said. “Some real rest and relaxation will help employees return to work energized, ready to contribute and make them less susceptible to ‘burn out.’”
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