This one may rub some hard-working souls the wrong way.
While many workers struggle to find the time, and money, to take vacations, their bosses appear to have a lot less trouble, according to CareerBuilder.com.
The employment service said 81 percent of managers have taken or plan to take a vacation this year, compared with 65 percent of full-time employees.
It’s the first year CareerBuilder compared the vacation plans of managers and workers.
Last year, 61 percent of full-time workers took or planned to take vacations, which means slightly more are taking a break this year, but the results are still down from 80 percent who took vacations in 2007.
“Managers may be more likely to afford vacations, but they should still be encouraging their employees to use paid time off, even if they are staying close to home,” said Rosemary Haefner, the employment service’s vice president of human resources.
Haefner said workers who use their accumulated time off are less likely to burn out, especially those who have heavy workloads. She said taking a few days off, even if you don’t go anywhere, “can have a very positive impact on your health and happiness.”
Maybe it’s a sign of a somewhat stronger economy, but 19 percent say they can’t afford a vacation this year, an improvement from the 24 percent who couldn’t last year.
CareerBuilder surveyed among more than 5,000 full-time workers and more than 2,000 managers from Feb. 9 to March 2.
Among the other findings:
Thirty percent of employees say they’ll contact work while on vacation, up from 25 percent last year. More than a third of managers say they expect their workers to check in, mainly if the worker is involved in a big project.
Fifteen percent of workers gave up vacation days because they didn’t have time to use them.
Twenty-three percent of workers said they once had to work while their family went on vacation.
Fewer people are taking vacations that are 10 days or longer.
Question: Is it the boss’ fault that workers don’t take the time they’ve accumulated?