One More Day

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

Expedia-Infographic-Happiness

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.

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-06-30/vacation-phobic-americans-donate-a-million-years-of-work-annually.html

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!

 

 

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  1. I’ll always take one more day of vacation!
    santafetraveler recently posted..Tidbits: Santa Fe news and happeningsMy Profile

  2. Or even better, design a lifestyle from which you don’t need a vacation. Work-life integration via commissioned sales as you mention, entrepreneurship, passive income strategies – all can be the antidote to the resigned attitudes and general career dissatisfaction that people cite in response to surveys like these. We can learn how to stop boxing ourselves in with our thinking, and resolve not to trudge the lifestyle treadmill. All too soon many wake up 20 years later wondering what happened. Life is too short! ::::off my soapbox now::::
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    • I love your soapbox! Stay on it! That’s why my husband and I quit the corporate world and took our kids on a 4 1/2 year adventure. Life is short….Get out there!

  3. Honestly, I have never understood how Americans can accept the limited time they get off for vacations – and now you’re telling us that many don’t even take all of these few days!! Somehow Germans are always known as hard-working, efficient, innovative, quality conscious, you-name-it, but most of them get at least three times*) the paid vacation of any US citizen! Could there be a connection between the success of German industry and their generous paid vacation time?
    *) depending how long you are under contract with a particular employer, as a German, you get between 24 and 30 WORKING DAYS (that’s not counting weekend days!) paid leave per year. In Australia (where I live now) the figures are similar. Plus in many positions people can take a sabbatical year off every 7-10 years, Australia has something called “long service leave” which works fairly similar (although some in Australia have this paid out in cash instead)…
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  4. Totally agree with more and longer vacations. Nothing like travel to clear the mind and recharge.
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  5. This SO needs to be preached to us in America! We’re constantly running that hamster-wheel to nowhere and missing out on so much. Sometimes it takes an infographic like this one to reset our values…and seeing how others (like you and I) have managed to do it. An even though cats do make me happy, we still travel at least 8 months of the year, lol! :-)
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  6. Carla, I like your comment that “we have a culture that glorifies busy” and I think you’re exactly right. US workers are too busy working to support families in a lifestyle that they can’t take time to enjoy. After years of selling back my vacation days to the company I worked for I finally decided to jump off the treadmill and retire early. Time is the great equalizer as we all have the same amount each day – it’s what we choose to do with it that ultimately leads to happiness!
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  7. For the life of me, I cannot imagine leaving vacation days on the table. I know there must be good reasons some years but to me it also shows a lack of curiosity about life. Are people so afraid their job will disappear or do they really have no idea about what to do with their free time. That to me is a tragedy. And I agree that time off gives you a new way of looking at not only your job but life as well.
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  8. Agree, Carla. So many are vacation-hungry because of employers that vastly limit time off.
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  9. Some companies have a use it or lose it policy, so that employees are urged to take their vacation days. It works to the advantage of the company that their employees take a vacation, because it keeps them healthier, happier, and ultimately more productive. I know that I often solve nagging problems when I get a change of scene.
    Carole Terwilliger Meyers recently posted..Good Eats: Casa Guadalajara, San Diego, CaliforniaMy Profile

  10. Although I don’t agree with their reasoning, most people I know who don’t take their paid vacation days don’t because they feel their work won’t get done or they fear for their jobs. Its sad to me because people need their vacation time to be happy and do a good job while they are working. ad your post is encouraging peole to take their vacation time!
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  11. Five months off a year is what keeps me teaching in Asia :)
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  12. What a fascinating article. I honestly didn’t know any of these facts!! Excellent report!

  13. There definitely needs to be a work/life balance. People become obsessed with making money but end up with no time to spend it.
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