Recent studies have shown that Americans simply aren’t very good at taking vacations. Allianz Global recently shared the results of a survey they conducted and the numbers reveal a serious lack of leisure time among working Americans. The study showed that more than half of the working Americans surveyed haven’t taken a vacation in the last year, and 36% of those surveyed haven’t vacationed in over two years! It would seem as if there isn’t much motivation to change that in the future, either. Only 42% of those surveyed said they were planning a summer vacation.
So, what is causing this depressing lack of vacation time among Americans? Well, according to the Allianz survey, the majority of the people who haven’t taken any trips said that it all boils down to money. Almost half of the survey participants blamed finances. What’s more interesting is that almost 20% of those surveyed said they have the money for a vacation, they just don’t want to spend it. Another 20% said that other obligations prevented them from taking vacation time while a little over 10% said that they were unwilling to take the time off work. Finally, around 10% of those surveyed said they don’t take vacations because they can’t handle the stress that comes with planning and booking a trip.
You may be inclined to read these figures and come to the conclusion that Americans are spending most of their vacation time sitting at home. That isn’t the case either. Not only are Americans not going anywhere for vacation, but a good portion aren’t even taking all of their allotted time off work. In fact, the survey suggests that 41% of workers in America don’t even take half of their allotted time off.
We can appreciate the responsibilities and obligations that come with holding down a full-time job, but it’s also important to realize that taking time off and vacationing is a healthy choice. Another survey conducted by the Society for Human Resources Management found that over 75% of HR managers agree that employees are more productive and happier when they take regular vacations as opposed to those who don’t.