Here’s a statistic that is always surprising and this year was no different – the average American worker gets 14 vacation days a year and only uses 12 of them. That adds up to 226 million unused vacation days , or approximately $34.3 billion dollars of work. That’s amazing. It’s not that surprising though as we are in one of the worst periods of unemployment in quite some time and many people are probably cutting back on vacation days in order to be more productive. It’s not exactly fair but it’s human nature, if I’m concerned about getting fired then the last thing I’m going to do is take a vacation day. I’m going in to work harder and longer so I can show I’m a valuable asset to the team.
That said, have you used up all your vacation days?