Americans Aren’t Using Their Vacation Days, But Want More
January 2, 2013 by Sam Rolley
A new study of American workers shows that most would like to have more vacation days from work, but a majority of them don’t even use all of the days they already have by the end of the year.
Research from Adecco Staffing USA shows that 75 percent of employees had yet to take all of the vacation days allotted to them by their employers as of November. But 40 percent of those surveyed said they would like one or two additional weeks off, and about 25 percent of the respondents said they would like to have three or more additional weeks of vacation time.
“It’s interesting that many workers are not taking advantage of their available vacation days for the year, yet are hungry for more time off,” said Joyce Russell of Adecco Staffing.
According to the study, the stockpiling of vacation time comes most often from workers using sick days or other paid time off as vacation time and saving the actual vacation days for other situations when they may be needed.
About half of employees surveyed admit to using their sick days as “vacation” days, and 27 percent have used jury duty days as vacation time. Also, 26 percent reported using bereavement days as vacation days.