Bob prides himself to be a truly great soldier of industry. He is first to arrive and last to leave his Santa Monica office every day (most weekends included) and eats almost every meal at his desk. He completes all his projects on time at all costs. He hasn’t taken a full day off in over a year and really feels he is a lock for promotion this coming year. With all that time spent, how could he not be?
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Americans allow an average of 459 million vacation days to expire each year. According to lastminutetravel.com, a recent travel industry survey reveals close to half of today’s workers leave hard-earned vacation on the table, 78% of those squandering 10 days or more. Here are five reasons why they and Bob are on the right track:
A University of North Carolina study shows that marriages among workaholics have a divorce rate twice as high as they otherwise would.
A recent Harvard study estimated that sleep deprivation costs American companies $63.2 billion a year in lost productivity.
According to WebMD, seventy-five to ninety percent of all doctor’s visits are for ailments or complaints linked to stress.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration estimates the cost of stress to U.S. companies to be $300 billion each year.
The United States is the only modern industrialized country that doesn’t require employers give minimum annual time off with pay. That makes the vacation days you get a true gift—one that is precious and essential to your performance in life, both professional and personal.
You think you are essential. Your company can’t live without you. If that’s the case, the best way to ensure that you are there for them for the maximum number of years, as sharp as a tack, is to take every single minute of leave you have coming to you.
An Ernst & Young internal study found that for each additional 10 hours of vacation employees took, their year-end performance ratings from supervisors improved by 8 percent.
So take your vacation, Bob! Choose otherwise at your own risk.
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