The no-vacation nation

July 7, 2011

According to CNN.com only 57% of Americans use up all the vacation days they’re entitled to. This compares with 89% of French workers. In fact, the United States is the only advanced nation in the world that does not mandate vacation as a matter of law. The world’s other major economies all require four or more vacation weeks per year. That’s a remarkable difference.

According to the article, “Americans maximize their… [happiness] by working, and Europeans maximize their [happiness] through leisure.” In other words, Americans like to work. Sure, if you insist. Americans have more money, but less time. Ironically, this may actually be something that impoverishes us.

As an employer I am eager that the staff on my team take their full number of vacation days per year. I want them to be able to cease from labor for more than a couple of days at a time. I want them to build memories with their families. I want them to invest in themselves, their own growth through new experiences. Vacations surely make for fuller and happier employees.

 

 

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