Taking a break would seem to be important in today’s high pressure world, but nearly half of American workers end up with unused vacation time.
This infographic from complianceandsafety.com shows now much vacation time Americans give up and why.
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The average American worker was given 14 days of vacation in 2011, but only 57% used them all up. The rest left about 2 days (14.3%) of their holiday time go unused.
It may also come as a surprise to many non-US citizens that the American employer is not required by law to give its employees any paid annual vacation time. Here the UK and France are well ahead with 28 days and 25 days respectively.
The main reasons for foregoing those important breaks are:
- I can’t afford it (34%).
- I don’t schedule for enough in advance (15%).
- Work is my life (15%).
That last one may sound very sad to those who maybe believe that they have a more rounded lifestyle.
By Ekem (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0) or GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html)], via Wikimedia Commons