Spending too much time at work, instead of with family? Can’t remember the last time you took a real vacation? The toll this takes on your personal life may be harming you more than you know,” says Today Show’s Sheinelle Jones. Citing research from The Work Martyr’s Affair study, Jones notes that a curious thing has happened in America. In less than 15 years, U.S. workers have lost a week of vacation time. For decades, Americans used more than 20 vacation days, but now they have hit an all-time low, taking just 16 days off each year. This results in Work Martyr Syndrome, which quietly creeps into employees’ home lives, creating a major divide between the people American workers want to be and the people they are.
Project: Time Off’s study, “The Work Martyr’s Affair: How America’s Lost Week Quietly Threatens Our Relationships,” warns that America’s Lost Week is harming relationships with the people who matter most and, what’s worse, the damage may be done before it’s realized. Respondents assert that people who fail to use time off are losing out on quality time with their significant other, their children, and themselves, but still four in ten workers leave time off on the table!
Not taking these extra days off has been statistically proven to damage personal relationships. More than one in three couples argue about the time needed for work versus the amount of quality time needed for each other. The average person misses more than three events a year. The number one missed event is a child’s activity (35%). But employees are also missing out on vacations (25%), visiting family (20%), and even funerals (10%) due to work. As Dr. Lotte Bailyn put it “There is an obvious disconnect with what people say they want from life and what they actually do. You see a conflicting identity. You’re supposed to be the good family person, but also this ideal worker.”
Because so many days off are not taken it is recommended to plan out a vacation in advance, which can really make a difference. In fact, the 54 percent of households that set aside time to plan out the use of paid time off for the year are happier in almost every category measured in the survey. With a timeshare you are prepaying for your vacations each year, guaranteeing a regular vacation. And with options all over the world a timeshare could be the perfect getaway to combat your work martyr syndrome and bring the family closer together.