January 30, 2017
The decline in vacation usage can be traced back to a variety of factors. But Kate Silver points to research that shows that taking the time to plan for vacation is one way to ensure that your time off benefits are being put to use:
Apparently, we need all the help we can get. According to Project: Time Off, which is financially supported by the U.S. Travel Association, 55 percent of employees don’t use all of their vacation days.
“Vacation seems to be a casualty of how busy we are,” says Katie Denis, senior program director with Project: Time Off. “Everyone’s busy. The calendar fills up really fast. Take a moment at the beginning of the year to block that calendar so it doesn’t get away from you.”
According to a report, “The State of Vacation in America”, released by Project: Time Off, workers skipped out on 658 million vacation days in 2015, and 222 million of those were lost entirely because they couldn’t be rolled over. That, says Denis, is akin to volunteering for your employer.