Two-fifths (39 per cent) of U.S. employees say they haven’t taken a vacation in the last 12 months, according to a new survey by Eagle Hill Consulting.
The survey, which polled more than 1,000 workers, found lower-income employees (59 per cent) and younger staff (43 per cent) were most likely to not take a vacation.
Respondents cited cost (45 per cent) as the No. 1 barrier to taking time off, followed by self-imposed pressure to stay on top of work (33 per cent), a heavy workload (29 per cent), a lack of available colleagues to cover their work (29 per cent) and not having paid time off (23 per cent).
In addition, while more than half (56 per cent) of employees said they fully disconnect from work during vacation, more than a quarter (27 per cent) said they still check work email and messages.
“It’s not just employees who benefit from taking a break,” said Melissa Jezior, president and chief executive officer of Eagle Hill Consulting, in a press release. “Employers that encourage employees to take time off from work are far more likely to have an engaged workforce at its peak performance. Smart employers will foster a culture that enables employees to take vacations and fully unplug from their job pressures.”