Throughout most of the pandemic, the term “vacation days” took on a whole new meaning for many people. You may have wondered whether it was acceptable to take days off for something other than a necessity when you were already working from home. And with restrictions in place due to COVID-19, you likely didn’t have anywhere to go anyway so you just skipped taking those days off.
It turns out that many people left vacation days on the table in 2020. Even in pre-pandemic times, U.S. workers fell short on using their earned vacation days – in fact, one study by Glassdoor in 2017 found 54% of vacation days in the U.S. went unused and 66% of people reported doing work during the vacation days they did take.
People have cited worries about being replaced or getting behind on their work as reasons vacation days go unused. Many say they would take more time off if they felt supported and encouraged by their boss. But don’t think that working more instead of vacationing is the key to a long, successful life. In fact, skipping vacations may have a steeper cost than you think when it comes to your health and well-being. And after the year many of us have had, it’s never been more important to focus on our health and well-being.
Now that summer is here and COVID-19 restrictions are easing or have been eliminated, it’s time to take some time off to relax, have fun and maybe even travel. After all, you’ve got those vacation days coming to you. You’ve earned them, whether you were working from home or at the office, so they are yours to take.
Here are three excellent reasons to get some much-deserved R&R:
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