American Workers Afraid to Take Vacation

Tuesday, 19 Aug 2014 06:20 PM

By Michelle Smith

  Comment  |
   Contact  |
  Print   |
    A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
For Americans, it's a lot of work and little play, according to research that shows people aren't taking vacations like they used to.

Forty-one percent of American workers do not plan to use all their paid time off in 2014, even though it is part of their compensation, a survey by the U.S. Travel Association and GfK, a market research firm, found.

The top reasons workers feel compelled to be on the job is because they dread returning to a mountain of work and they have the “work matryr complex,” believing that no one else can do their job.

Editor’s Note: Retire 10 Years Earlier With These 4 Stocks

Other prominent reasons appear to be the lingering of effects of the tough economic conditions Americans have faced in recent years. One in three survey participants said they cannot afford to take paid time off, and another 28 percent say they want to show complete dedication to the company and their job.

“Fundamentally what’s going on there is fear. People are afraid if they’re not present and they’re not continually churning stuff out, that bad things are going to happen,” Michael Leiter, a psychology professor at Acadia University who studies people's relationship with their work, told the Huffington Post.

The employment website Glassdoor conducted a similar survey, which found that Americans were largely avoiding vacations for the same reasons—the belief that only they can perform their job, fear of getting behind, and fear of losing their job.

“Fear is still motivating people to not be away from the workplace,” even though concerns about layoffs have mitigated since the recession, Rusty Rueff, a career and workplace expert at Glassdoor told CBS MoneyWatch.

When people do get the gull to take vacations, research shows many still work. And it's not just those who are low on the totem pole.

Nearly half of bosses in the U.S. Travel Association and GfK survey said they respond to emails during time off, and almost 30 percent said they take calls during vacation, notes the Huffington Post.

And according to Rueff, thanks to technology 61 percent of people who take time off are working during vacation.

“You are seeing the American worker say, 'I may be out of the office, but work is really, really important,'” he told CBS MoneyWatch.

Though Americans clearly have trouble disconnecting from their jobs, it seems many may expect their dedication to pay off with more than job retention. Another Glassdoor survey found about 44 percent of workers expect a raise in the next year, the most since Glassdoor started the survey in 2008.

“Companies still haven't hired back to the levels they were at before the Great Recession, so while workers are more confident, they're doing the job of multiple people,” Rueff noted. “There's still this fear that I'd better be good at it, so I'm recognized as a good performer.”

Editor’s Note: Retire 10 Years Earlier With These 4 Stocks

Related Articles:

© 2014 Moneynews. All rights reserved.

  Comment  |
   Contact  |
  Print   |
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Country
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
 
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
You May Also Like

Dow Surges 421 Points to Extend Fed-Fueled Rally

Thursday, 18 Dec 2014 16:28 PM

U.S. stocks rose, sending the Dow Jones Industrial Average up 421.28 points, as global equities rallied on the Federal R . . .

Pimco: Global Growth to Flourish Next Year on Cheap Oil

Thursday, 18 Dec 2014 12:59 PM

Pacific Investment Management Co expects global growth to accelerate in 2015 to around 2.75 percent from around plus 2.5 . . .

Buffett-backed Chinese CarMaker BYD Loses $1 Billion

Thursday, 18 Dec 2014 12:45 PM

Shares in Warren Buffett-backed BYD Co. Ltd. posted their biggest-ever single-day drop in Hong Kong on Thursday, wiping  . . .

Most Commented
Top Stories

Newsmax, Moneynews, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, NewsmaxWorld, NewsmaxHealth, are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved