I am on vacation this week for a long overdue time off. In that regard, I am like many of my American counterparts. As this piece shows, Americans don’t get much vacation time. Worse, they are bad at taking it. As for why that is, it says Americans…
- felt they couldn’t adequately disconnect from work while on vacation
- thought they wouldn’t feel relaxed or connect with loved ones
- anticipated negative outcomes, such as feeling stressed or having financial burdens.
As someone who has worked with many Americans, that all rings true.
There’s a joke on the Internet that Europeans will take off the whole summer for vacation, while Americans are available to take a business call during surgery. An exaggeration, but not that far off.
For more on this, see: U.S. vacation time is short and Americans don’t use it wisely.
Get some time off. You and the people you work with will benefit.