Americans Are Too Afraid to Take Days Off From Work

March 18, 2015

With everyone heading to warmer, exotic locations lately, it is hard to believe that about 40 percent of Americans don’t plan on using all of their paid time off this year according to a new survey released in August 2014 by the U.S. Travel Association and GFK, a market research firm. The survey polled 1,303 workers, including 235 senior business leaders.

With those polled, there were two common responses on why they didn’t want to take a break. One was they dread the pile of work awaiting them when they return and second, no one else can do what they do at the office. Those that stated the latter reason are said to suffer from what researchers call a “martyr” complex, where you believe that you are the only person who can do your job.

Also more than 20% of those polled also stated that one of the reasons was they don’t want to appear replaceable. So what this tells you is that the main culprit is fear and stress. Ironically, those are the exact reasons why you SHOULD take a break from work and enjoy some time off. After working hard you deserve a break, we all do. You are allowed that time off from work for good reason. Your employer is offering you time to take a break, relax, de-stress and come back and start over. It is not healthy to not take a break. Don’t let yourself fall into this statistic, take a break, go spend time with family, take a vacation, cross an item off your “Live It List” and live your life to the fullest. Your job will be waiting for you when you return.

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