The title of this post certainly stands out. Americans Not Big on Vacations. .Last year, we looked at Americans’ vacation time compared with workers in other countries.
Now, we further consider how many vacation days go unused in the United States.
Unused Days Off: Americans Not Big on Vacations
To sum things up. (1) On average, Americans get fewer days off than those in other countries. And (2) give up a lot of days off to which they are entitled.
For instance, consider this chart from Statista. In fact, as Niall McCarthy reports: “The U.S. remains the only advanced economy that doesn’t guarantee paid vacation. Even though some companies are generous and provide their employees with up to 15 days of paid leave annually, almost one in four private sector workers does not receive any paid vacation, according to the Center for Economic and Policy Research.”
In addition, according to Niall McCarthy for Statista:
“It might then come as a surprise to hear that U.S. workers managed to waste 768 million paid vacation days last year despite their miserable vacation allowance. The U.S. Travel Association, Oxford Economics and Ipsos published the data which showed that out of the 768 million unused days, 236 million were completely forfeited with $65.5 billion lost. 55 percent of American workers failed to avail of all their vacation last year. On average, people took 17.4 days off. Furthermore, Americans used just over half of their paid time off work for travelling .”