NBC News: Why Taking a Vacation is the Best Thing You Can Do for Your Career

Taking time off, away from our careers can increase productivity and lead to a healthier, happier lifestyle. However, many of us are not using our hard-earned time off. Wendy Rose Gould explores the negative impact of leaving vacation days on the table:

A recent study by Project: Time Off discovered that 54 percent of the more than 7,000 employees surveyed ended 2016 with unused vacation time, meaning Americans sacrificed a collective 662 million vacation days last year. Despite this, of the 54 percent who forfeited their deserved time off, 92 percent expressed that vacation was important to them.

“The biggest concern is workload, which is exacerbated by the fact that when you do take time off, you can see the work piling up in real-time on your phone,” explains Katie Denis, senior director at Project: Time Off and author of the study. “Beyond workload, the primary reasons people are skipping vacation show that they are overwhelmed and anxious about the optics of getting away. They feel no one else can do the work, that the pressures of increased responsibility make it harder to leave or that vacation somehow compromises dedication.”