There is a disturbing trend in the workplace that has many workers not taking their vacation days off in full. That is to say that those who have been awarded some number of vacation days are frequently not using them all in order to not appear as though they are disposable to their employer. One has to wonder how we have reached a point in our work-life balance where we are this worried about this issue.
CNBC reports that between the 1980s and the 1990s workers would use an average of twenty days of vacation per year. That number has now fallen to seventeen. It is another sign that many are simply not prepared to use up everything that their employer has granted to them. It also means that employers are basically getting a financial gift back from their employees in terms of them not using up that paid time off. Those employers are squeezing out three extra days of productivity from workers than they were able to in the 80s and 90s.
This may not sound like that big of a deal to some people, but the reality is that time adds up. Workers are not allowing themselves to take as much time off work as possible, and this could be hurting their overall productivity as well as their mental health. It is a sad situation that we have to deal with this and are not allowing ourselves the time off that we have rightfully earned. Perhaps this situation will get amended in the future, but for the moment is just looks like a rough path that we are all on. We either need to do something about it now or face the very real possibility of not having the proper work-life balance to fall back on for good.