Is the thought of returning to piled-up work preventing you from taking a vacation altogether? According to a recent NBC News story, going on vacation is becoming too much work for many Americans.
In fact, a survey conducted by Randstad, a human resources and staffing firm, found that returning to work is a painful chore for many workers.
- More than three-quarters of the respondents who said they found taking vacations difficult said the first day back in the office was their main deterrent.
- Older employees were even more likely to cite first-day woes—a full 84 percent of Gen X’ers saying they dreaded the return to the office.
“Vacationing” has carried a stigma for generations. Americans have convinced themselves that taking time off is a bad idea, either earning them the title of “slacker” or leaving them too overwhelmed to function upon their return. But recently we’ve started to witness an attitude shift among employers who are seeing the benefits of taking time away to recharge as good for one’s health, relationships, and job performance–with research to back it up. Still, Americans earn and use less paid time off than other countries.
In addition to feeling guilty for taking time off from work, otherwise known as Guilty Vacation Syndrome, there is now the dreaded return workload causing some to forego their vacation, and for others to stay connected to the office via email during their break (44% of adults check email while on vacation!).
The timeshare industry champions the concept of “vacation discipline”: taking time at least once a year to recharge your batteries and spend time with your family and friends away from the stresses of daily life.
Research continues to show that overall health can deteriorate over time if we don’t take a break from work. In fact, leaving vacation days unused, like most Americans do, can decrease your overall productivity and increase stress, other health risks, and the likelihood you’ll burnout at work.
So, take two weeks …your health will thank you!