Employees Leaving Vacation Time on the Table

 
 
By Dennis McCafferty  |  Posted 05-14-2014 Email
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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    75% of employees don't use up all of their vacation time, and 55% take no more than one-half of their earned time off.
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    Multitasking

    61% of employees admit that they do some work even while taking time off.
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    Why Employees Work While on Vacation: Uniquely Qualified
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    Why Employees Work While on Vacation: Uniquely Qualified

    33% feel no one else in their company can do the work.
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    Why Employees Work While on Vacation: Keeping Pace
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    Why Employees Work While on Vacation: Keeping Pace

    28% fear they'll get behind.
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    Why Employees Work While on Vacation: Fully Committed
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    Why Employees Work While on Vacation: Fully Committed

    22% say they're completely dedicated to their company.
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    Why Employees Work While on Vacation: Upward Bound
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    Why Employees Work While on Vacation: Upward Bound

    19% want a promotion.
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    Why Employees Work While on Vacation: Access Needed
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    Why Employees Work While on Vacation: Access Needed

    19% feel like they can't disconnect from work.
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    Why Employees Work While on Vacation: Compensating Effort

    18% want a pay raise.
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    Why Employees Work While on Vacation: Uneasy Footing
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    Why Employees Work While on Vacation: Uneasy Footing

    17% admit they're afraid of losing their jobs.
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    11% say they've used vacation time to interview for another job.
 

If you suspect that your IT teams aren't using all of their earned time off, you'll probably right. The vast majority of U.S. employees don't take all of their vacation time, and a stunningly high percentage are leaving at least half of their earned days on the table, according to recent survey results from Glassdoor. What's driving this trend? It's a combination of job pressures, an overall inability to disconnect and a high sense of accountability and personal responsibility. In fact, a surprising percent of professionals honestly believe that no one else in the office can do their jobs, findings reveal. And this means they feel compelled to work while taking leave time. It doesn't help that—even when attempting to get away—that they can't really get away. In fact, one in four indicate that they've been contacted by colleagues about a work-related matter while taking time off, and one-fifth say they were contacted by a boss. As a CIO, you should definitely resist the temptation to put pressures on employees while they're on vacation, as numerous studies indicate that workers need these breaks to rejuvenate, which ultimately benefits their annual productivity, well-being and engagement levels. More than 2,000 U.S. workers took part in the survey, conducted online by Harris Interactive on behalf of Glassdoor. For more about the survey, click here.

 
 
 
 
 
Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.

 
 
 
 
 
 

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