Americans universally say that their vacation days are important to them, yet more than half (54%) of U.S. employees leave time on the table. These unused days carry significant economic impact, threaten the sustainability of a productive and creative workforce, and have a damaging effect on employee’s personal well-being and relationships.
In our culture of packed schedules, hyper-connectivity, and work martyrdom, Americans are in serious need of a break. While there are hurdles to overcome in the workplace, there’s one step we can all take to put those vacation days to use: planning. Research shows that individuals who plan are more likely to use all of their time off, take more vacation days at once, and report greater levels of happiness at work and at home.