CareerBuilder released its annual vacation survey yesterday, which revealed that, sadly, over a third of American workers don’t plan to take a vacation this year – naming lack of funds and feelings of guilt and anxiety as the reasons for staying home.
(On the upside, they’re sparing themselves the possible disappointment of making it all the way to Wally World only to find that it’s closed….Right?)
According to the survey of more than 4,400 workers:
- 35 percent say they haven’t gone on or aren’t planning on taking a vacation in 2009.
- Of those workers, 71 percent say they just can’t afford a vacation this year.
- Another 20 percent of those workers indicate that they are either afraid of losing their jobs if they go on vacation or feel guilty being away from the office.
Even those who are taking vacations still plan on doing some work:
- 50 percent of employers who responded to the survey expect their employees to check in with the office while they are away.
- 40 percent, however, say it’s only necessary if an employee is working on a big project or there is a major issue going on with the company.
- 28 percent of workers plan to contact the office at least once during their vacations, regardless of what they are working on.
While employee distress surrounding the current recession may be the reason they’re hesitant to take time off (even for a trendy, low-budget “staycation”), CareerBuilder’s vice president of human resources, Rosemary Haefner, says that’s exactly why workers should take time off. “Utilizing your time off is even more important now due to the added responsibilities and pressure that some workers may be faced with due to the current economic situation,” she says.
Managers should encourage employees to take advantage of their allotted vacation time. “A break from work is essential for maintaining healthy productivity levels in the office,” Haefner says. In fact, they can set a good example for their employees by taking a vacation and limiting their contact with the office. “Workers will feel much better getting away and enjoying themselves if they see the boss doing the same.”
What about you? Is forgoing vacation a trend you’re seeing at your workplace?Related
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