Infographic: Why you should take more vacation days

Contrary to popular belief, taking time off work will make you more productive. Plus, it’s good for your personal life.

Eighty-five percent of American workers say taking time off makes them happier, yet employees are more reluctant than ever to use their vacation days, an infographic from City Pass says.

From 1976 to 2000, Americans took, on average, 20 vacation days a year. That number has steadily fallen since.

Why don’t workers want to use their hard-earned time off?

Forty percent say they don’t want work to pile up, 35 percent say no one else can do their jobs, and 22 percent don’t want to seem replaceable, among other reasons.

However, there are important health and productivity benefits to taking time off work, the infographic says:

  • Ninety-one percent of employers say that after taking time off, their staffers return to the office recharged and ready to work more effectively.
  • Seventy-seven percent of HR pros believe employees who use most or all of their vacation days are more productive than those who don’t.
  • Two-thirds of employees say taking time off improves their concentration and productivity.
  • Seventy-nine percent of workers feel that taking time off strengthens their bonds with family and friends.

Plus, simply anticipating a vacation up to eight weeks before you leave has a positive effect on your mental health.

When are you taking your next vacation?

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