As the year winds down, consider using up the last of those paid vacation days.
That’s the advice from talent and career expert Right Management, which found in a new study that for the third year in a row, nearly 70 percent of North American employees do not plan to use all of their annual vacation time.
The 2013 results of the online poll of 763 North American workers show that 69 percent of respondents will not take all their annual vacation, which is consistent with the 70 percent reported for both 2011 and 2012. This year, only 31 percent indicated they will use all their vacation by year end.
“Every employee at every level should be encouraged to take time to reenergize, recharge and relax to be more satisfied and productive on the job,” said Matt Norquist, General Manager at Right Management. “The importance of vacation cannot be understated in today’s workplace when companies are doing more with less and adding workloads to their teams.”
According to Norquist, taking vacation time is a vital part of maintaining job satisfaction, and employees who take time off are more inspired and motivated to do their best work.