12:31 pm December 4, 2012, by Christopher Seward
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With the end of the year quickly approaching, many
workers are wondering whether they’ll get to use the vacation days they have left before losing them. While some companies allow workers to carry vacation days over into a new year, many have a “use-it-or-lose-it” policy.
According to an annual Harris Interactive “Vacation Deprivation” global online survey, quite a few workers are refusing to take the time they have accrued because of their workload and their fear of being replaced if job cuts are needed during the business slowdown that normally follows the holiday season.
The survey for Expedia, the online travel service, found that the No. 1 reason workers gave for not taking the time they earned is “fear of being replaced,” followed by No. 2 “too much work.”
The study found that Americans earned 12 vacation days on average this year, two fewer than last year. We also earn fewer vacation days than people in most countries, but still leave two vacation days unused on average.
Workers in Germany, France, Spain and Brazil accumulated the most vacation days this year on average, around 30, according to the survey. The French and Spanish workers also were expected to take all of the vacation days.
“Europeans treat vacation as a duty rather than a perk,” Expedia said. “Most European workers have between 25 and 30 days of vacation time available to them each year.”
The Japanese, who get 13 vacation days on average, only take five of them.
Other reasons for not taking vacation days include the inability to coordinate vacations with family and friends, money problems and unreasonable bosses, many of whom expect workers to continue working while away on vacation.
The online survey of 8,687 employed adults was taken Sept. 13 to Oct. 12
Are you leaving vacation days on the table, or are you being encouraged to take them before the year is out?
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