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Plan Your Vacation—For All of Our Sakes

An alarming majority of American workers don't use all their vacation days. Ultimately, this is bad for all of us, in terms of health and-- if that doesn't convince you enough-- even productivity. Read More

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Her name is Boner.

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Boner.

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What an insightful addition

....to the commentary!

Personally

I think most of the pro-vacation studies are funded by time share companies.

I'm not even sure if I'm joking at this point.

You have a point

There's a lot of truth to this, unfortunately. Vacation-planning companies definitely want to get their names into the press releases that share these findings. Luckily, the surveys are fairly straightforward and run by valid polling companies, so I'm guessing in terms of the amount of days taken, there's not much error in the numbers. Thanks for your comments!

Vacation DOES make you more productive!

There's no doubt that taking a vacation is beneficial to your overall production (and health). Did you know that some areas overseas are actually discussing a 6 hour workday? How's that for a change?

Well....

Nancy Jacobs wrote:
There's no doubt that taking a vacation is beneficial to your overall production (and health). Did you know that some areas overseas are actually discussing a 6 hour workday? How's that for a change?

Its usually discussed as a way to hide unemployment numbers. Personally a 6hour work day as a business owner like I am, means I'd hire more people and pay them all less. My quality would go down since I'd have a harder time staffing and training people. If some silly law demanded I paid the same then I'd have to raise my prices.

Do you see where this is going?

Oh and as an owner a 6 hour day would put me out of business.

Thanks for reading!

Very true-- economically and culturally, there are a lot of factors that could determine whether entire economies can sustain certain work schedules or diminished work weeks. I'm certainly not an economist. I do find it sad, though, that with paid vacation days that are theoretically supposed to be built in, our culture can't support actually taking them. Our workweek in reality looks very different than it is supposed to on paper. Thanks again for your comments!

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Andrea Bonior, Ph.D., is the author of The Friendship Fix and teaches at Georgetown University.

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