Survey: 52-Percent Of American Workers Giving Up Vacation Time

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(CBSMiami) — A recent survey found that more than half of Americans leave some of their paid vacation time unused at the end of the year.

According to a survey by Bankrate.com, 64-percent of U.S. workers get paid vacation days though only 47-percent said they would use all of those paid days.

The survey also found that those who didn’t use all of their vacation days tended to leave at least a full week unused.

The amount of days the average worker uses was found to differ from region to region. For example, 60-percent of workers in the Northeast were found to be the most likely to use all of their vacation days, compared to only 39-percent of workers in the South, 49-percent in the West, and 47% of those in the Midwest.

It also varied by age group.  Gen-X-ers, who are between 28 and 43, are more likely to use all of their paid time off for the year while a quarter of millennials between 18 and 25 said they wouldn’t use any vacation.

“This ‘workaholic’ approach is deeply embedded in our country’s culture, but working more hours and sacrificing vacation days does not make you a better employee or help you climb the ladder any faster,” said Bankrate.com’s Sarah Berger. “Without taking time to recharge, employees can find themselves stressed, overworked and sick – all of which have a direct impact on their work performance.”

Many said they wanted to save up their days for the following year, or that they simply had too much work to do to take vacations.

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