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Overworked Americans Leave Half Billion Vacation Days Unused

Do you take your vacation time or do you feel vacation deprived?

WORDVIRUS

on November 19 2013 6:16 AM

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Americans spend far less time on vacation than their European counterparts. Reuters

“No one retires wishing they’d spent more time at their desk,” noted John Morrey, vice president and general manager of Expedia.com. Yet, the online travel company’s latest Vacation Deprivation Study reveals that Americans left about a half-billion vacation days unused last year.

How could this be? “There are countless reasons that vacation days go unused,” Morrey explained. “Failure to plan, worry, forgetfulness … you name it.” Expedia found that stockpiling (accumulating vacation days for future trips) was the biggest impediment to taking an actual vacation, followed by complex scheduling, financial opportunism, financial limitations, a failure to plan and workplace insecurity.

Morrey says bosses should realize that vacations are good not only for their employers but also for the company. “Rested employees are more productive employees, so [employees] taking regular…

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