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Vacation Vexation: Do Employees Feel They Get Adequate Time Off to Recharge?

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Do you feel you get enough time off from work? If you're like many of your peers, the answer is no. One-third of workers surveyed by Robert Half said they are unsatisfied with their company's time-off policy. Forty-one percent take fewer paid vacation days than they otherwise could just to avoid coming back to more work. Learn more about the feelings and habits of American workers when it comes to time off from work.

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Vacation Vexation: Do Employees Feel They Get Adequate Time Off to Recharge?

  1. 1. Vacation Vexation Do Employees Feel They Get Adequate Time Off to Recharge?
  2. 2. Workers were asked, “Which best describes how you feel about the amount of time you get off of work?” It’s too much: I can’t possibly take all the vacation time I have accrued! 2 It’s just the right amount: I get enough time off every year to recharge. It’s not enough: I could use more time to recharge. 11% 56% 33% ALL RESPONSES:
  3. 3. Workers were asked, “Which best describes how you feel about the amount of time you get off of work?” It’s too much: I can’t possibly take all the vacation time I have accrued! 3 It’s just the right amount: I get enough time off every year to recharge. It’s not enough: I could use more time to recharge. 15% 59% 26% MALE RESPONSES: It’s too much: I can’t possibly take all the vacation time I have accrued! It’s just the right amount: I get enough time off every year to recharge. It’s not enough: I could use more time to recharge. 6% 54% 40% FEMALE RESPONSES:
  4. 4. Workers were asked, “Which best describes how you feel about the amount of time you get off of work?” It’s too much. 4 It’s just the right amount. It’s not enough. 18% 51% 31% 18-34 YEAR OLDS: 35-54 YEAR OLDS: 55+ YEAR OLDS: It’s too much. It’s just the right amount. It’s not enough. 6% 54% 40% It’s too much. It’s just the right amount. It’s not enough. 9% 62% 29%
  5. 5. Workers were asked, “Do you plan to take more or fewer vacation days this summer than you did last summer?”* More days 5 Fewer days Same amount of days 29% 10% 60% ALL RESPONSES:
  6. 6. Workers were asked, “Do you plan to take more or fewer vacation days this summer than you did last summer?” More days 6 Fewer days Same amount of days 37% 7% 56% MALE RESPONSES: FEMALE RESPONSES: More days Fewer days Same amount of days 21% 14%65%
  7. 7. Workers were asked, “Do you plan to take more or fewer vacation days this summer than you did last summer?” More days 7 Fewer days Same amount of days 47% 11% 42% 18-34 YEAR OLD RESPONSES: 35-54 YEAR OLD RESPONSES: 55+ YEAR OLD RESPONSES: More days Fewer days Same amount of days 25% 12% 63% More days Fewer days Same amount of days 17% 9% 74%
  8. 8. Workers were asked, “How many vacation days will you be taking off this summer?”* None 8 1 – 5 days 6 – 10 days 8% 34% 24% 11 – 15 days 16 – 20 days More than 20 days 19% 6% 8% THE AVERAGE: 10 DAYS
  9. 9. Workers were asked, “Have you ever not taken a vacation or taken fewer days off because you were concerned that your colleagues would have to absorb your workload?” Yes 9 No 35% 65% ALL RESPONSES:
  10. 10. Workers were asked, “Have you ever not taken a vacation or taken fewer days off because you were concerned that your colleagues would have to absorb your workload?” Yes 10 No 31% 69% MALE RESPONSES: FEMALE RESPONSES: Yes No 40% 60%
  11. 11. 11 Yes No 49% 51% 18-34 YEAR OLDS: 35-54 YEAR OLDS: 55+ YEAR OLDS: Yes No 31% 69% Yes No 28% 72% Workers were asked, “Have you ever not taken a vacation or taken fewer days off because you were concerned that your colleagues would have to absorb your workload?”
  12. 12. Yes 12 No 41% 59% ALL RESPONSES: Workers were asked, “Have you ever not taken a vacation or taken fewer days off because you were concerned about the amount of work that would be waiting for you when you returned?”
  13. 13. Yes 13 No 38% 62% MALE RESPONSES: FEMALE RESPONSES: Yes No 44% 56% Workers were asked, “Have you ever not taken a vacation or taken fewer days off because you were concerned about the amount of work that would be waiting for you when you returned?”
  14. 14. 14 Yes No 55% 45% 18-34 YEAR OLDS: 35-54 YEAR OLDS: 55+ YEAR OLDS: Yes No 36% 64% Yes No 33% 67% Workers were asked, “Have you ever not taken a vacation or taken fewer days off because you were concerned about the amount of work that would be waiting for you when you returned?”
  15. 15. Workers were asked, “During your summer vacation, how often do you typically check in with the office?” 15 I don’t check in at all Once or twice a week Several times a week 59% 12% 8% Once or twice a day Several times a day 12% 9% ALL RESPONSES:
  16. 16. Workers were asked, “During your summer vacation, how often do you typically check in with the office?”* 16 I don’t check in at all Once or twice a week Several times a week 50% 67% Once or twice a day Several times a day MALE RESPONSES FEMALE RESPONSES 11% 14% 11% 6% 14% 10% 14% 4%
  17. 17. Workers were asked, “During your summer vacation, how often do you typically check in with the office?”* 17 I don’t check in at all Once or twice a week Several times a week 41% 63% Once or twice a day Several times a day 18-34 YEAR OLDS 35-54 YEAR OLDS 10% 15% 12% 6% 20% 9% 16% 7% 55+ YEAR OLDS 70% 12% 7% 8% 4%
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