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Survey: Americans Choose Work Over Vacation

By Michelle Smith   |   Monday, 19 Nov 2012 07:44 AM

In a nation where so much focus is placed on finding employment, it might come as little surprise that U.S. workers seem to also prioritize being on the job. Even though they have the opportunity for more leisure time, Americans are not using all of their vacation time research shows.

Not only did American workers receive fewer vacation days from their bosses this year, but they also took less of them off, according to an annual survey commissioned by Expedia.

While U.S. workers received an average of 12 vacation days in 2012, down from 14 in 2011, Americans only took 10 of them off.

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This is not the first time researchers have found that Americans are opting to spend more time on the job.

The Chicago Tribune reported that a study last spring by Kelton Research for Radisson Hotels revealed some 65 percent of working Americans had unused vacation days at the end of 2011.

The Kelton study found that polled workers had an average of 18.2 vacation days, but had only taken 13.4 by December 2011, says the Tribune.

The issue has become so widespread that both Hyatt and Radisson Hotels have launched promotions, urging people to savor their free time, reports the Tribune.

The only region working longer and harder than America was Asia.

There are numerous reasons why Americans are not using all of their available leave and many of them seem to stem from changes that were prompted by the financial crisis in 2008.

Many people are not holding the same jobs that they had before the recession. For some, this means that they are accruing fewer vacation days, CNNMoney reports. Since it is common for employers to allow unused time to be rolled over, some workers are likely using the opportunity to build up longer stretches of leave.

A lot of companies now have slimmer staffs, which requires each worker to perform more tasks. This leads some American workers to conclude that they are just too busy to take off. Others who perhaps could manage to get away are discouraged because they dread how much work they will have to do when they return.

There are also people who simply worry that while they are away, their employers will conclude that their services are not needed.

However, CNNMoney says in the United States — like in the United Kingdom, Canada, Ireland and Japan — the primary reason people gave up vacation days was that they just couldn't afford it.

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