Most workers did not take all their vacation in 2011, according to a survey by work force consulting firm Right Management. As many as 70 percent of employees indicated they would not take all of their vacation time.
The findings are consistent with the 2009 survey, when two-thirds of employees said they did not take all vacation time due them.
“The perceived workplace culture that prevails at many organizations seems to recognize devotion to the job to the exclusion of almost all else,” said Michael Haid, Right Management senior vice president. “Whether this culture is real or imagined, employees everywhere are forsaking vacations and even family time for the primacy of work. If there’s no balance in people’s lives there will soon be resentment and health problems.”

The findings suggest that many employees in the United States and Canada are anxious about their job, Haid said.

“We know from ongoing research that there’s a lot of stress in the workplace,” he said. “Staffing is lean, workloads are heavier, job security is uncertain and the job market is weak.”
However, Haid said time off is fundamental to a healthy, productive work force.

“By itself, foregoing a few days off may not be significant, but when so many people think they shouldn’t take the time they’re entitled to we have problems,” he said. “These may include unnecessary turnover, low retention, absenteeism, frequent health or safety claims or a host of other H.R. issues.”