American Workers Don't Take Enough Vacation Days

By Dennis McCafferty  |  Posted 2016-12-15 Email

North American employees are, on average, using considerably less vacation days than they're entitled to, according to a recent survey from The accompanying "2016 Expedia Vacation Deprivation" report reveals that many professionals can get testy if they don't have enough time away from work. And a significant number of these workers think they deserve more vacation time than they get. However, Americans are frequently their own worst enemy, as many confess to having "guilty feelings" about using all their paid time off—and some go to the extreme of not using any of their PTO days. Given that this is the time of year when employees often face a "use it or lose it" decision regarding vacation time, there clearly are tough choices ahead. "While many [employees] agree that regular vacations are important for their general health and well-being," said John Morrey, vice president and general manager of, "there are still plenty who have trouble maintaining the important balance between work and life." On a humorous note, asked survey respondents what they'd be willing to give up for a week in exchange for one extra day of vacation, and we've included those findings here. More than 1,900 North American workers took part in the research, which was conducted by Northstar.

Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.

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