Illustration: Ashley Siebels
According to travel site Expedia.com’s recently released 2017 Vacation Deprivation report, roughly half of American employees say they’re “somewhat or very vacation deprived.” Forty-three percent of American workers say they don’t take vacation days because of their budget.
U.S. workers in these fields are among the most deprived: 73% of those in Real Estate, 60% in Food & Beverage, and 56% in Health.
Here’s why Americans aren’t taking as much time off as they could
Aside from budgetary reasons, Expedia found that 30% of respondents reported holding off on using vacation days so that they could use them at later date for a longer period of time. Twenty-two percent said they couldn’t “get away from work.”
The company found that millennials are “the most vacation deprived” among generations, at 62%, and get the smallest amount of leisure time off.
Here’s why you should consider taking that vacation
Out of many reasons, here are a few…
You might just earn more cash or scale the corporate ladder
Prior research has found that within the last three years, 84% of U.S. workers who took all their allotted vacation time took home extra cash in the form of a bonus or raise, versus 78% of those who gave up days.
More people who used all their time off were promoted over the previous year than those who didn’t.
You might come back feeling recharged
Expedia found that almost all Americans surveyed — 94% — agree that taking time off is a critical part of “general health and wellbeing.” When heading back to work, 46% felt “more productive,” 60% had “a better attitude,” 93% felt more “rested,” and 96% “were happier.”
Ninety-four percent reported feeling “less stressed.”
Your vacation prep checklist has already been made for you
Afraid you won’t know how to tie up loose ends before taking leisure time off? We’ve got you covered — this is one less thing to worry about.
Outside of putting your email autoresponder on, do things like making sure your colleagues are clear on how to fill in for you, being crystal clear on when you will (and more importantly, won’t) be available, being aware of what to expect when you get back, and coming up with a plan for if a work disaster strikes when you’re not around.