Normally I don’t write about commercials, but have you seen the new one by Mastercard? It’s called One More Day and it shows children asking their parents for one more day of vacation. One more day to make memories.
While that alone is heartbreaking/inspiring, the shocking part to me is the statistics it quotes. But, before we get into details about vacation and workers in the US, let’s see why vacations are so important.
The following Infograph comes from Expedia.com
OK, so here’s the deal. We have better sex lives when we travel, especially to new destinations. We are more satisfied with life when we travel and we like each other better. Unhappy with your job? Take a vacation. You’ll like your job more.
But wait. People dislike their jobs and still aren’t taking vacations.
Here’s another shocking statistic, coming from an article written by Ben Steverman on paid vacations days.
According to Ben Steverman, 4 in 10 workers fail to take vacation days offered to them. He is talking about paid vacation. PAID VACATION PEOPLE! The company is paying you to go have fun! Americans leave an average of 8.1 days of vacation according to according to a 2014 Oxford Economics analysis. That’s 429 million unused vacation days per year.
What’s up with that? Why do statistics prove that vacations make us feel better, but workers aren’t taking them even when they are paid? According to the article, Penn State University economic professor Lenn Golden says it has to do with job security in a cut-throat job market.
Or maybe they just like accumulating days that they hope one day, they will be able to use. But that can backfire too. I know a few people who have accumulated paid vacation and paid sick days. One day they got the call their position was terminated. Bye bye vacation days.
I personally have only worked commission only jobs. No paid vacations, no paid maternity leave. That was fine with me. It also meant to me that if the company wasn’t going to pay me to be there, I could come and go as I pleased, as long as I was making my numbers. Believe me, I took advantage of it. I follow the adage that you can always make money, you can’t make more time. So I took my time.
You should too.
Take your time.
Take a vacation. You’ll be a better person!