The summertime officially started on Monday, June 20. With the arrival of the longest day of the year, you can begin looking forward to more sunshine, more grilling, more opportunities to wear shorts, more golfing — basically, more of whatever you define as fun. Summer is also synonymous with vacation. As the pace of work slows, the next three months represent the prime time to turn off the smartphone, set up an out-of-office reply and refresh your brain and body. Unfortunately, though, recent research from Project: Time Off shows that most Americans are failing to embrace the vacation state of mind. Here’s a look at three facts that should be able to convince you of the importance of taking some time away.
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1) 55 percent of Americans didn’t use all their vacation time last year.
If you left some of your vacation days on the table last year, you’re not alone. For the first time in the history of the study, the majority of American employees failed to cash in on one of the biggest perks of having a job: the chance to get paid while not being at a desk. In many cases, those unused vacation days don’t roll over into a new year. Translation: last year, Americans forfeited $61.4 billion worth of benefits by failing to take time off.
2) Employees who take 11 or more vacation days are more likely to receive a bonus or a raise.
You know that concern that creeps in when you’re thinking about taking a break from the office? If you’re not there, won’t the higher-ups think you’re not serious enough about your responsibilities? What will all your vacation mean when it’s time to review your performance? It looks like you can lay those concerns to rest. The study revealed that American employees who take 11 or more vacation days are actually more likely to receive more money. There, you have it: proof that leaving work pays.
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3) Planning time off work makes people happier in basically every category of life.
Preparing for time off — whether it’s a staycation or a get-on-the-road getaway — can make a serious difference in your overall well-being. Those who plan how to use their vacation days report greater degrees of happiness in their relationships with significant others, their relationships with children, their physical health and well-being, their personal financial situations — the list goes on.
Now, do you recognize importance of taking a real break? Before you schedule your next vacation, check out “This Is When You Will Find The Best Deal On Airfare.”