The Impact of 50% of American Workers Not Taking Vacation Time

Have you heard what happens when you lead a life of “all work and no play?” Beyond becoming dull, a life without a healthy work-life balance can lead to a wide array of negative outcomes—both mental and physical. It’s true, the most effective employees aren’t the ones who work nonstop like robots; individuals who work hard but also make time for vacations away from their jobs are the ones who are able to maintain high levels of work efficiency and healthy well-being over the long haul.

According to a recent report by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 73 percent of civilian workers have access to paid vacations. However, a concerning trend is being witnessed across industries in the American workforce—many employees are simply not taking vacations, believe it or not. Approximately 50% of American workers—half of the entire labor force—don’t take vacations for one reason or another, and it's having a big impact, both on employees and the companies they work for.

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Article by Eric Titner

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