Why aren’t you taking your vacation time?
According to a recent study by Harris Interactive, 57 percent of Americans ended 2011 with unused vacation time, failing to take, on average, 11 of their allotted days — or 70 percent of what they’d rightfully earned. Other surveys have calculated 66 percent of us do so, for a total of 459 million unused vacation days. With peak vacation season looming, the question is, why is this happening? And is it a healthy thing for employees — or their employers?