Employees Leaving Vacation Time on the Table

By Dennis McCafferty  |  Posted 05-14-2014 Email

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.


Submit a Comment

Loading Comments...
Manage your Newsletters: Login Register