May 30, 2017

Almost 60% of Americans don't use all their vacation time

Slashdot - Americans, famously, take far less vacation time than their European counterparts: less than 17 days, on average, compared to 30 days in France, for example. But for many Americans, that's apparently all the time they need. More than half of all US employees (54%) didn't use all their days off last year, working a combined total of 662 million more days than required. Of those days, 206 million couldn't be rolled over or cashed out, meaning they were forfeited, costing the equivalent of $66 billion, according to a report (PDF) from Project: Time Off, a group funded by the travel industry. While it's a group with a strong interest in promoting more vacations, their findings are still revealing about America's unhealthy reluctance to take time off. Almost 60% of US workers who don't take their allotted vacation say they fear the amount of work they'll have to return to, according to the survey of 7,331 working Americans. Others (47%) say they stay put because they believe no one else can do their job, or because they want to impress their bosses with their dedication (36%).

1 comment:

Tom Puckett said...

Thinking of not using all your vacation time? Watch this classic 1976 SNL sketch.

And you bosses - make your employees take all their vacation time. They need it and will be much more productive. All work and no play, didn't they say?

You know, one of the (serious) arguments for slavery during the 1800s was that owning workers as business assets suggested that owners would take better care of them.

On the other hand, just renting workers, who are also a type of slave, didn't warrant taking care of them.

Kind of like owning vs renting a car. You don't treat a rental car as well as you would your own vehicle.

Of course, the logic of this breaks down. Take smokers for instance. They don't give a hoot about their own bodies!

Anyway, as we all know, "Its the right of every American to be incredibly stupid!" -- Paid for by the Right To Extreme Stupidity League.

Cheers, Tom

Season 2 | Episode 10 | 12/11/1976

Lisa: (Gilda Radner): Hi, Fern, I'm home.

Fern: (Candice Bergin): Oh Hi, you're just in time. I made some cookies and here's some milk.

Lisa: Oh, great. I'm so thirsty I could drink a horse.

Fern: Boy, are you stupid. Its eat a horse. I could eat a horse.

Lisa: Well you do whatever you want, Fern. I'm still thirsty.

Fern: Well here, have some milk.

Lisa: Aww, thanks. (Gilda takes the glass of milk and pours it into her purse).

Lisa: Gee, this milk isn't too good. I'm still thirsty.

Fern: Well that's because you poured it in your purse, you see.

Lisa: Oh.

Fern: You're not too bright, are you Fern. I mean, whatever your name was.

Lisa: Lisa.

Fern: As a matter of fact, you're extremely stupid.

Lisa: Well, you're right, Fern. You know, I'm proud of it. (Gilda turns to the camera with a big grin).

Lisa: You know, we all can't be brainy like Fern here. (Candice starts to lose it).

Lisa: That's why I wanna talk you tonight on behalf of a God-given American right.

Lisa: The right to extreme stupidity.

Lisa: Extremely stupid people are discriminated against, all the time.

Lisa: And I should know and so should Fern (at this point Candice can't contain any longer and just cracks up) because we are extremely stupid people.

Lisa: For instance, I think that Bambi is a fish.

Lisa: You know, that reminds me of a little joke. (Gilda laughs, but doesn't tell the joke).

Lisa: But seriously, the very English language itself is discriminatory against extremely stupid people.

Lisa: (reading from 3x5 cards): For instance, insalting (sic) phrases like "Boy, are you dumb" and "Boy, are you dumb" (Candace puts the first card at the back of the stack).

Lisa: Thank you. And "You're not too bright, are you?," What are ya, stupid?," "Boy are you ever extremely stupid," "I could drink a horse" "Gosh, am I thirsty."

Fern: This has been a paid message from the Right To Extreme Stupidy League.