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Huffington Post Hints That American Workers May Have a Problem

Forfeited vacation days are piling up, and American workers are more tied to their phones and emails than ever before. Suzy Strutner looks into what may be causing American workers to habitually leave earned time off on the table:

Project: Time Off surveyed more than 5,600 workers with paid time off about their vacation habits. They found that 55 percent of U.S. employees left at least some of their vacation days unused last year.

Around a third of workers took absolutely ZERO vacation days in the last year, a recent HuffPost/YouGov poll confirms.

Interestingly, changes in vacation habits aren’t linked so much to the economy as they are to our ever-increasing dependence on technology, Project: Time Off found. Their research shows that as people become more tied to their phones and email, it becomes harder to pull away from the office. 

But there’s a simple way to reverse the problem, says Katie Denis, program director at Project: Time Off.

“We’re not going to ‘find’ time anymore,” Denis says. “It’s about making time, or being intentional about our time.”

Her organization’s research found planning to be the single most important factor in whether people took their vacations or not: Fifty-one percent of those who planned ahead took all of their vacation days last year. They also reported greater happiness in their job standing, personal relationships and overall mood.