Employees thinking they are helping their employer by not using all their vacation time could in fact not be helping them at all. These so-called “work martyrs” are hurting themselves and potentially missing out on raises and promotions, according to a new study and Visit Anchorage’s CEO, Julie Saupe.


Saupe said in the ’80s and ’90s, employees were taking 20 days of vacation. Now, they are taking about 17 days. The good news is that’s up a bit from 15 years ago, where people were taking 16.2 days.


It turns out 44 percent of women are leaving their vacation time on the table. Saupe says the survey reported it’s because they fear if they do take a vacation, it will make them appear less committed. The real paradox there is women are much more likely to take a vacation overall. Millennial men were reported to set more time aside to specifically plan a vacation.


According to Saupe, employers recognize the benefit of taking a vacation. Employees come back refreshed and are less likely to get burnt out. Employers are very supportive to having their employees taking their vacations.


The bottom line is, Saupe says, if employees have vacation time, they should not leave it behind.



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