How to Keep Your Employees From Leaving Vacation Days on the Table
The key is to make employees feel vacation is valued
Last year, workers didn’t use 768 million vacation days, according to a new study from the U.S. Travel Association, Oxford Economics and Ipsos. Since research has shown vacations help keep workers from burning out, how do you get employees to use the vacation days they’ve earned? Barbara Mitchell, a human resources and management consultant and author of The Big Book of HR, said the key is to make employees feel vacation is valued.
“We need to get employees to feel that their organization wants them to take the vacation,” said Mitchell. “We all need time away.”
According to the study, the reasons people didn’t take vacation included cost, difficulty getting away from work, and travel hassles. But paying big bucks to get away isn’t necessary, according to Mitchell.
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