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Adecco Group North America’s 2012 Q4 Survey captures a snapshot of how Americans use their time off from work, as well as their attitudes toward how colleagues use their time off.

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American Vacation Time

  1. 1. American Workers’ Time Off Survey December 13, 2012
  2. 2. SURVEY BACKGROUND Slide 2
  3. 3. Methodology & Background • Adecco Group North America’s Q4 Survey captures a snapshot of how Americans use their time off from work, as well as their attitudes toward how colleagues use their time off. • Telephone survey of 522 full-time* workers • Fielded by Braun Research • Conducted November 21-25, 2012 • Differences between various demographics groups were also explored: • Gender • Age • Geographic Region • Marital Status • Parental Status • Survey results have a margin of error +/-4.3% for this sample size. *Defined full-time by state requirements Slide 3
  4. 4. Key Findings Many workers admit to taking sick days, bereavement, or jury duty as additional vacation time •More than one-third (36 percent) of workers are allotted more than three weeks of vacation per year. Despite this, workers still want more – 44 percent would be happy with one or two additional weeks of vacation and one in five (22 percent) would want three or more. • Workers in the South (43 percent) are happiest with their current vacation package – nearly double those in the Northeast (23 percent) and nearly triple those in the West (15 percent). • Workers with children (40 percent) are also more likely than those without children (22 percent) to be happy with their current vacation package. •Three in four (75 percent) workers have not used all of their allotted vacation time for the year, while only one in four (25 percent) have used it. • Of those who have not used all of their vacation time yet this year, almost two in five (39 percent) plan to use their time by the end of the year, while more than one in four (26 percent) will let it roll over into 2013. Many workers admit to taking sick days, bereavement, or jury duty as additional vacation time •Almost half (47 percent) of workers admit to using sick days as vacation days. •However, many more workers (72 percent) judge their colleagues – thinking they take advantage of their sick days (i.e., use them when they’re not actually sick). •Surprisingly, more than a quarter (26 percent) have taken bereavement days and jury duty (27 percent) as vacation time. •Men are nearly twice as likely to use bereavement time (34 percent vs. 18 percent women) and nearly four times more likely to use jury duty (40 percent v. 11 percent women) as vacation days. Slide 4
  5. 5. Key Findings Some workers are upset by the negative impact the absence of co-workers has on them •Nearly one in five (17 percent) workers have been denied vacation time in the past. • Of those who were denied vacation time, about a third (31 percent) were denied because their co-workers had requested time off before they did. •Nearly one-third (29 percent) of workers get upset with their co-workers if they take multiple long weekends off, while slightly fewer (23 percent) feel like their colleagues judge them when they take any time off. •A quarter (25 percent) of workers get upset with their co-workers if they leave the office early. •Women (25 percent) are significantly more likely than men (11 percent) to be jealous of co-workers’ time off. •Workers think it’s fine for their colleagues to take off two weeks in a row for vacation (46 percent) or a honeymoon (54 percent). However, they are distinctly tougher when it comes to others taking vacation time for doing good or to care for a sick family member. Workers think only two days is acceptable for volunteering (35 percent) and staying home with a sick child (29 percent). • Interestingly, almost one in four (24 percent) men think it’s fine to take three or more weeks of sick time, compared to 9 percent of women. • Men are also more likely to think taking two or more weeks off is fine to volunteer (27 percent v. 7 percent women) or to stay home with a sick child (29 percent v. 15 percent women). •When their colleagues are out of the office, the majority (63 percent) of workers have an increased workload and nearly half (44 percent) have increased responsibility. Slide 5
  6. 6. Key Findings Younger workers receive less vacation time but feel judged when they want to use it •Almost half (45 percent) of workers ages 18-24 are allotted one week or less of vacation time per year, but many (36 percent) feel like their colleagues judge them when they use it. •While they do not receive as much vacation time as their older counterparts, almost half of younger workers (45 percent) are jealous of their co-workers’ time off. • Almost as many (43 percent) are also upset when their co-workers leave the office early. •When their co-workers are out of the office, younger workers are burdened by an increased workload (74 percent), increased stress (46 percent), and longer work hours (45 percent). Slide 6
  7. 7. Workers long for more vacation days and sometimes use non-vacation days as time off MAIN FINDINGS Slide 7
  8. 8. Many workers are allotted three weeks or more of vacation but may not have used it yet Of those who have not used all of their vacation time, 39 percent plan to use their time by the end of the year, while 26 percent will let it roll over into 2013. How much vacation time are you allotted? Q1) How much vacation time are you allotted? (N=522) Q2) Did you use all of your vacation time this past year? (N=522) Did you use all of your vacation time this past year? Slide 8
  9. 9. Workers would be happier with more vacation time Forty-four percent of workers would be happy with one or two additional weeks of vacation and nearly a quarter (22 percent) would want three or more. How much more time off would you need to be happy with your vacation package? Workers in the South (43 percent) are 43 percent) Workers in the South (43 percent are 43 percent happiest with their current vacation happiest with their current vacation package – nearly double those in the package – nearly double those in the Northeast (23 percent) and triple 23 percent) Northeast (23 percent and triple 23 percent those in the West (15 percent). 15 percent). those in the West (15 percent 15 percent Workers with children (40 percent) are also 40 percent) Workers with children (40 percent are also 40 percent more likely than those without children (22 22 more likely than those without children (22 22 percent) to be happy with their current percent to be happy with their current percent) percent vacation package. vacation package. Q3) How much more time off would you need to be happy with your vacation package? (N=522) Slide 9
  10. 10. Some workers are taking advantage of vacation time More than a quarter of workers take jury duty (27 percent) or bereavement (26 percent) as vacation days In addition to your vacation days, which of the following days off do you use as vacation days? Almost half (47 percent) of full -time 47 percent) Almost half (47 percent of full -time 47 percent workers admit to using sick days as workers admit to using sick days as vacation days. However, many more (72 72 vacation days. However, many more (72 72 percent) judge their colleagues – thinking percent judge their colleagues – thinking percent) percent they take advantage of their sick days. they take advantage of their sick days. Men (40 percent) are nearly four times 40 percent) Men (40 percent are nearly four times 40 percent more likely than women (11 percent) to 11 percent) more likely than women (11 percent to 11 percent use jury duty as vacation days. use jury duty as vacation days. Men (34 percent) are nearly twice as 34 percent) Men (34 percent are nearly twice as 34 percent likely compared to women (18 percent) 18 percent) likely compared to women (18 percent 18 percent to use bereavement days as vacation to use bereavement days as vacation days. days. Q6) In addition to your vacation days, which of the following allotted days off do you use as vacation days? (N=522) Q11) Do you think people take advantage of their sick days (i.e., use them when they're not actually sick)? (N=522) Slide 10
  11. 11. Some workers are upset by the negative impact the absence of co-workers has on them MAIN FINDINGS Slide 11
  12. 12. One in five workers has been denied time off in the past Of those who were denied vacation time, almost a third (31 percent) were denied because their coworkers had requested time off before they did. Have you ever been denied vacation time? Q4) Have you ever been denied vacation time? (N=522) Q5) Why were you denied the vacation time? (N=522) Why were you denied vacation time? Slide 12
  13. 13. Workers are negatively impacted when colleagues are out of the office Women (25 percent) are significantly more likely than 25 percent) Women (25 percent are significantly more likely than 25 percent men (11 percent) to get jealous of co-workers’ time 11 percent) men (11 percent to get jealous of co-workers’ time 11 percent off. off. How are you impacted when your colleagues are out of the office? I have an increased workload I have to work longer hours My personal life is impacted 63% 34% 11% I have increased responsibility I feel more stress 44% 29% Q7) Please indicate if you agree / disagree with each of the following statements. (Choose all that apply) (N=522) Q9) How are you impacted when your colleagues are out of the office? (N=522) Slide 13
  14. 14. Many workers have expectations about how much time is acceptable for co-workers take off How many days in a row do you think is acceptable for your colleagues to take off for the following? 2 or More Weeks Vacation days – More than two weeks Honeymoon – More than two weeks 64% 64% 1 Week or Less Sick time – One week or less Home with sick child – One week or less Volunteering – One week or less 73% 72% 59% Men are more compassionate than women when it comes to taking time off Interestingly, nearly a quarter (24 24 Interestingly, nearly a quarter (24 24 percent) of men think it’s fine to percent of men think it’s fine to percent) percent take three or more weeks of sick take three or more weeks of sick time, compared to only 9 percent time, compared to only 9 percent of women. of women. Men are also more likely to think Men are also more likely to think taking off two weeks or more is taking off two weeks or more is fine to volunteer (27 percent v. 7 27 fine to volunteer (27 percent v. 7 27 percent women) or to stay percent women or to stay women) women home with a sick child (29 29 home with a sick child (29 29 percent v. 15 percent women). women percent v. 15 percent women). women Q8) How many days IN A ROW do you think is acceptable for your colleagues to take off for the following? (N=522) Slide 14
  15. 15. Younger workers receive less vacation time but feel judged when they want to use it MAIN FINDINGS Slide 15
  16. 16. Younger workers receive less vacation time and sometimes get upset when co-workers take vacation 45% 18-24 year olds are allotted one week or less of vacation time… Many younger workers are upset when their coworkers are out of the office* I am jealous of my coworkers' time off I get upset with my coworkers if they leave the office early …much less than their older peers. Percentage who get one week or less of vacation, broken out by age group: 25-34 – 15 percent 35-44 – 7 percent 45-54 – 10 percent 55+ – 4 percent 45% 43% I get upset with my coworkers if they take multiple long weekends off 40% I get upset with my coworkers if they take off two weeks from work in a row 40% 0% 10 20 30 40 50 % % % % % *N=120 (workers ages 18-24) Q1) How much vacation time are you allotted? (N=522) Q7) Please indicate if you agree / disagree with each of the following statements. (Choose all that apply) (N=522) Slide 16
  17. 17. Younger workers feel burdened when colleagues are out of the office but judged when they take time off for themselves Younger workers are negatively impacted when their colleagues are out of the office* One in three young workers feels judged by their colleagues when they take time off themselves Percentage who feel judged when taking time off 25-34 – 32 percent 35-44 – 24 percent 45-54 – 21 percent 55+ – 8 percent *N=120 (workers ages 18-24) Q9) How are you impacted when your colleagues are out of the office? (N=522) Q10) Do you ever feel like your colleagues are judging you for taking time off? (N=522) Slide 17
  18. 18. American Workers’ Time Off Survey December 13, 2012

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