August 19, 2014Overwhelmed America Infographic
See the breakdown of the most powerful statistics from our “Overwhelmed America” Report, which looks into why American workers aren’t using their...
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.