Leaving Vacation Time on the Table: Your Thoughts

In late June I highlighted an AARP Bulletin article Scared to Go On Vacation? by Diane Cadrain. The stat about 46% of American workers leaving some vacation time on the table drew quite a bit of interest. Folks responded on our Facebook page and via article comments. Here are some excerpts: “Many people don’t take all their vacation because they have assumed more responsibilities due to attrition. This combined with the perspective of ‘out of sight, out of mind’ philosophy …

46% of U.S. workers leave vacation time on the table. Is there a cost?

“What are your summer vacation plans?” has been a common water cooler topic for years. The 2011 version is more likely: “Are you taking any time off?” As noted in Scared to Go On Vacation? by Diane Cadrain in AARP Bulletin, a survey by Right Management and World at Work showed that 46% of American workers left unused vacation time on the table. Several key reasons are at play: job insecurity, financial concerns and workload. It’s no secret that unemployment is …