Fortune: Americans are Still Terrible at Taking Vacations
The use of vacation time has been on a decline for years. However, Claire Zillman explores the slight increase in American vacation usage, and what it could mean for the future:
While more than half of employees forfeited paid time off at year’s end, some bright spots in the survey results hint that Americans may be in the process of reversing their bad vacation habits.The share of employees who failed to use all their vacation time was actually down one percentage point from 55% in 2015. And the average number of vacation days logged by employees—16.8—was up from 16.2 in 2015 and an all-time low of 16 in 2014 and 2013.
“Overall Americans are using more vacation days,” says Katie Denis, senior director of Project Time Off who authored the report. “There’s been a slight uptick,” she said, adding that it could be “the beginning” of a more significant turnaround.