August 19, 2014Overwhelmed America: Why Don't We Use Our Paid Time Off?
Read about how we have become a nation of "Work Martyrs".
Throughout 2014, Skift tracked American travel habits with a series of survey questions. The reasoning for when and how workers utilize vacation days is still a bit hazy, but a shocking 42% of Americans revealed they didn’t take a single day of vacation in 2014.
The numbers are alarming, and far more draconian than Project: Time Off’s own study that revealed 40% of Americans aren’t using all their earned time off.
According to Skift, where you live could make a difference in how much vacation you take. There is a significant divide in urban and suburban-living Americans. Urban residents are taking the least amount of vacation—42.4% responded that they take no vacation at all—and suburban residents take the most—17.2% take more than 20 days.
Also of note, the women surveyed by Skift took fewer vacation days than men, an interesting finding considering Project: Time Off’s “Overwhelmed America” study found that women were strong advocates of the importance of time off, for themselves and for their employees.
Consistent with P:TO’s research on Millennials, but not with the cultural narrative, Skift reported younger Americans were skimping on vacation days. As for older Americans, over half (52%) reported taking no vacation at all, where the next-largest percentage of older Americans (24%) said they took more than 20 days, exposing a deep divide in that demographic.