Every full-time employee in the United States is allotted a certain amount of vacation time per year. Whether they accumulated over time or it is given to them after a certain amount of time with the company, employees are expected to take time off for personal use. Some people choose to take “staycations” or hop on a charter bus for a quick extended weekend trip. In fact, 49.9% passenger trips provided by the motorcoach industry in 2012 were taken by adults and young adults.
Even though employees are offered this time, CEOs across the country are noticing that their workers aren’t taking advantage of it. Fierce CEO says employees are only taking half of their vacation time each year. This is seen as a major issue in terms of work-life balance. HR Florida State Council Vice President Jennifer Gunter stressed the importance of vacation time with Fierce CEO.
“Employees should take advantage of available vacation time for a variety of reasons. In today’s very fast paced environment, the idea or concept of work-life balance has slowly been shrinking away and employers have recognized that,” Gunter said. “And with so many competing priorities workers face, it’s time to evaluate internal time-off policies and create a culture in which employees are encouraged to take their vacation time as opposed to leaving multiple days, weeks or hours on the table.”
The number of employees taking vacation time overall has increased slightly over the past few years. But that doesn’t mean they are actually getting away from work. On top of employees not taking vacation days, Glassdoor says about 66% of those actually taking vacation report that they still do work when they should be relaxing.
Many people fear that employees are too afraid to request time off. It’s not that they don’t want to take the time off, but they’re too nervous to do so. Because of this, it’s all about leadership and how management can encourage their employees to take time for themselves.
If a staff is well equipped to handle any issues that may arise before an employee goes on vacation, there would be no need for the employee to feel like they have to do work while traveling the world. They will feel less inclined to check their phones and will feel good about taking the time for themselves.
Employee vacations can not only give them a break from work but will allow them to come back to their job energized and ready to take on anything that comes their way.