Here's Why Workers Don’t Use Up Vacation Time

... and why they should take their earned days off.

Less than half of American workers use up all their vacation time, according to the 2017 Alamo Rent A Car Family Vacation Survey.

Surveyors drew insight from 2,100 adults from around the country over the course of five days. Forty-nine percent of respondents said they felt vacation-shamed, or were made to feel guilty by coworkers, supervisors, or employers, for taking time to unplug. One in five people claimed they’ve taken shorter vacations (about a week or less) due to shaming, while one in four said it’s stopped them from taking vacations all together.

But respondents didn't just receive such behavior. Thirty-six percent of surveyed individuals admitted to vacation-shaming their coworkers as well. Nearly half of them said they were serious when doing so.

So who is taking off the most time? Non-millennials, mothers, and employees with 11 years or more of tenure, the study says. However, nearly two-thirds of respondents said they still work through family trips.

While bosses may be glad workers are generally staying put, a follow-up story by Inc. says skipping vacations can lead to negative side effects, including less productivity, grumpiness, poor health, and failing relationships.

What’s the moral here? We all need time off to enjoy our lives, and discouraging others from doing so is not only annoyingly effective, but anxiety-inducing and impolite. Plus, it can result in less-happy colleagues or employees, and who really wants that?