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If workers feel obligated to work while on vacation, it’s not a vacation
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More than 62 percent of U.S. workers say they feel at least “pretty good” about taking time off from work. However, they’re not taking full advantage of their allotted paid time off (PTO), and many are concerned about being out of the office, according to
a survey of 1,000 full-time employees by Virgin Pulse, a wellness program provider that is part of the Virgin Group.
The survey found that:
“As employers, it’s important to encourage people to take time off when they need it. In return, they’ll come back to work full of energy and better able to engage and be productive,” said Chris Boyce, CEO of Virgin Pulse.
Many people feel pre-vacation stress because the act of tying up loose ends is time-consuming, overwhelming or impossible. Thirty-two percent of those surveyed say they have to put in extra time at work before a vacation.
Moreover, many employees report that they are still working while on vacation, and the majority feel obligated to do so. Just 48 percent of those surveyed say their company expects them to be totally unavailable while on vacation. In addition:
“Good employees are dedicated to their jobs, but if they’re stressed about being out of the office and constantly checking in, that does little to help them recharge their batteries,” added Boyce.
Unfortunately, relaxation isn’t always immediate—46 percent of people say it takes two to three days to begin to unwind on a vacation, and 29 percent say it takes four days or more, or that they don’t really manage to unwind at all.
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