The Griswold’s may have put family vacations above anything else, but most Americans have not been following their lead in recent years. In fact, a recent study suggests more than half of Americans left vacation time on the table last year…..and it was a big improvement over previous years!
More workers in the U.S. are saying, “Gimme a break.”
And employers are obliging.
American workers took 17.2 vacation days on average in 2017, up nearly half a day from a year earlier, according to Project: Time Off’s annual “State of the American Vacation” report. Still, more than half of employees said they had unused vacation days at the end of the year—and the amount of vacation days taken remained well below the long-term average between 1978 and 2000 of 20.3 days.
Nevertheless, 2017 marked the highest level of vacation usage among American workers since 2013.
According to CBS News, “The uptick reverses a long decline in vacation time that started in the 1990s, according to the analysis. Between the 1970s and 1990s, the average worker took over 20 days off — even during recessions. Then, in the early 2000s, the averages started dropping. “We lost almost a week between 2000 and 2014,” said Denis. The average dropped to 16 days in 2014 before reversing.
Why do so many Americans still forgo the vacation they deserve? The research claims we fear that, if we take time off, we will look ‘replaceable.’ To that end, CNN wrote:
But they may want to reconsider that fear. Those who travel more show greater evidence of success — and enjoyment — of their careers. Those who travel with all or most of their time are 28% happier with their companies and 24% happier with their jobs than those that travel with little to none of their vacation days. Frequent travelers are also 18% more likely to report receiving a promotion in the last two years.
One-in-four Americans hasn’t taken a vacation in more than a year. Researchers believe it is not only a strain on them mentally and physically, but that it’s also bad for business and our economy. Project: Time Off vice president and report author Katie Denis is quoted as saying, “Simple and avoidable barriers to travel end up costing American workers in the long term. When we forego travel, we miss out on defining moments, experiences and memories, and end up costing our economy, too.”
We’d love to hear your thoughts on the new study and on how, you believe, we can encourage more Arizonans to take the vacation time they have earned. Working together with our partners to find solutions to the health related issues making headlines is another way we are working toward our long-term goal of one day making Arizona the Healthiest State in the Nation!