81% of managers and only 65% of employees have taken—or plan to take—a vacation this year.
Workers are facing significantly greater challenges than their bosses in taking vacations this year, according to a survey from CareerBuilder. In many cases, employees simply can't afford a summer getaway. In others, they feel too pressured by work obligations to use all their time off — or to travel somewhere without remaining connected to the office. Whatever the reasons, companies should encourage staffers to take their well-earned time off. "Managers may be more likely to afford vacations," says Rosemary Haefner, vice president of human resources at CareerBuilder. "But they should still encourage their employees to use paid time off, even if they are staying close to home. Workers who maximize vacation time are less likely to burn out and more likely to maintain productivity levels. Even if you're not traveling far from home, a few days away can have a positive impact on your health and happiness." More than 2,300 U.S. hiring managers and 5,770 workers took part in the research.
Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.
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