The Top Reasons Workers Don’t Use Their Vacation Time!
Most workers acknowledge that there are plenty of good reasons to take a vacation, yet Americans are notorious for letting their time off go unused. And many who do go on vacations can’t resist the temptation to take their work with them. The bottom line is the vacation habits of Americans are pretty sad. According to the travel website Skift, nearly 42% of Americans didn’t take any vacation days in 2014. Workers, on average, fail to use nearly five vacation days a year, based on the U.S. Travel Association’s findings.
So why do workers say they aren’t taking their hard-earned vacation days? The employees surveyed by GfK often responded with more than just one factor. Here are the top reasons workers claim they leave vacation time unused.
- Fear of returning to a mountain of work (40%)
- The belief that nobody else can do the job (35%)
- Inability to afford taking time off (33%)
- Fear of being seen as replaceable (22%)
- To show greater dedication to the company and the job (28%)
“Americans suffer from a work martyr complex,” Dow remarked in a press release. “In part, it’s because ‘busyness’ is something we wear as a badge of honor. But it’s also because we’re emerging from a tough economy and many feel less secure in their jobs. Unfortunately, workers do not seem to realize that forfeiting their vacation time comes at the expense of their overall health, well-being and relationships.”
In such a discouraging atmosphere, it’s no wonder workers often express fear as a driving force behind choosing to stay at work. Expedia’s 2014 Vacation Deprivation Study echoed this culture problem, finding that the most popular reason for not using vacation days was because the “work schedule does not allow for it.” This suggests more blame should be placed on the employees’ bosses than the employees themselves. In fact, the study showed that only 55% of the world’s bosses approve of workers taking vacation time.