Vacation shaming and vacation guilt – what’s your story?
Last week I posted a survey to my Facebook wall titled “Overworked Generation”. I targeted it to early and mid-career professionals (mostly millennials) and asked them 5 yes/no questions about their vacation and time off habits.
I was amazed by the sheer number of responses that I received. However, the results were troubling…
Half of the survey respondents said they experience some guilt or shame (self inflicted or by coworkers) when taking time off and another 15% were on the fence about it. And the majority of respondents also said they do not use all of their vacation days each year. These results, albeit from a smaller sample size, are similar to those from the 2016 Alamo Rent A Car Study which has gone viral this year.
Numerous blogs and news websites have labeled this phenomenon a “shaming epidemic” or “the latest office trend”.
However you see it, this means that each year a large percentage of the population is basically giving away money by letting their vacation days go unused. And when people do decide to take some time off for themselves they feel bad about it!
Now I am all for working hard and being a contributing member of society, but I think everyone deserves a break once in a while. There is plenty of scientific evidence that illustrates how taking time off to unwind improves your health, your relationships, and makes you more productive at work.
So have your dreams of sipping margaritas underneath a palm tree been obliterated by the stack of memos your boss just landed on your desk? Or have you had to make the hard choice between spending a long weekend with your family and “taking one for the team”?
If so, please share your personal story below in the comment section. Drama or comedy is welcome!
This topic still seems to be taboo in some companies but with stories out in the open hopefully we can learn from each other and get a discussion going about this latest office “trend”.
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I hope to hear from you!