Daily Buzz: The State of Vacation Deprivation
Vacations help workers refresh and return to work more energized
If you’ve had a stressful week—or month—at work, it might be time to take a vacation. No, really. Vacation deprivation levels for American workers are at a five-year high at 59 percent, up 8 percent from 2017, according to Expedia.com’s annual Vacation Deprivation study.
But that’s no surprise when the number of U.S. vacation days awarded and taken are at a five-year low. Americans received 14 vacation days, but only used 10, which resulted in 653.9 million unused days in 2018, according to the study.
“One of the leading reasons people don’t use their vacation days is that they’re saving them for a big trip, which means they’re going longer and longer between vacations,” said Nisreene Atassi, global head of communications for Brand Expedia, about the study. “Bigger trips are great, but even a quick break can significantly improve quality of life. Aim to schedule a staycation or add an extra day onto a holiday weekend in between longer trips to get the best of both worlds.”
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