42% of the US workforce haven’t had time off from work in the last 12 months.
The survey says they found with the costs associated with taking time off cited as a common reason.
The boom of productivity-enhancing software like project management tools has improved the performance of all sorts of companies, but ensuring your staff are taking appropriate time off can be just as key to success.
It’s also important to give staff the opportunity to fully disconnect from work whilst away from their desks – although a significant number admit to checking emails and messages whilst on annual leave.
Do People Just Hate Holidaying Now?
47% of survey respondents said the very expense of taking a vacation was the main reason they’ve not made any plans for a well-deserved break.
Other factors included “self-imposed pressure to stay on top of work”, which 31% of respondents noted as a reason why they haven’t holidayed in recent times.
A quarter of respondents (25%) said it was down to the inability to find cover, while the same proportion said they had no paid time off.
A Worrying Snapshot of Working Life
These results will be a concern for business owners everywhere, regardless of how much time their employees have taken off. The importance of vacations, to put it lightly, cannot be overstated – and fewer and fewer people seem to be taking them.
“Employees really need time to disconnect from work, especially as we continue to see high burnout levels across the U.S. workforce…and ideally, employees should fully disengage from work rather than constantly checking email and responding to messages” – Melissa Jezior, president and chief executive officer of Eagle Hill Consulting.
“It’s not just employees who benefit from taking time off” she continued. “When there is time to rest and take a break from job pressures, employers are far more likely to have an engaged workforce at its peak performance.”
What we might be seeing here is one of the more indirect ways the current economic climate is currently affecting the success of companies. Almost all employees are concerned about the rising cost of living, and for many, a vacation has turned from a relaxing break into an avoidable expense.
The result? A burnt-out workforce is unable to reach its full potential.