The recession has scared most of us.  You worry that the job you thought you had is going to go to someone else and your employer keeps you in fear that this day might be your last.  People are responding to this problem by refusing to take days off of work.  Also,companies are giving them fewer days to begin with. “Fear of being replaced” and “too much work” were two of the biggest reasons respondents cited in the survey. The global  online  survey, “Vacation Deprivation,” was conducted by Harris Interactive on behalf of travel site Expedia from September to October, 2012 . The site has commissioned the survey annually since 2000. The survey was conducted among 8,687 employed adults 16 and over worldwide. The North American sample size was 500. It’s  available to read here  in full as a PDF. Career expert and best-selling author Nicole Williams told Savannah Guthrie this morning on TODAY that with ”high unemployment people are afraid of taking that time off.”  Additionally, in America, there’s a “sense of bravado around not taking vacation,” said Williams. People brag about how long they’ve gone without vacation, taking pride in how much they’ve been able to punish themselves. However, “vacation isn’t a luxury,” said Williams. Nor is it simply time you’re “taking” from your employer. She said it allows you to “replenish, get more creative, and more able to produce.” Sure you’re out of pocket in the short-term, but in the long run it’s better for your employer, and your career. The key is to be  smart  about how you plan your vacation. Preparing the groundwork with your boss is integral. Williams offered three big tips for making sure you’re not a member of the “No Vacation Nation.” READ MORE

Americans are Taking Far Fewer Vacation Days in This Tough Economy

The recession has scared most of us.  You worry that the job you thought you had is going to go to someone else and your employer keeps you in fear that this day might be your last.  People are responding to this problem by refusing to take days off of work.  Also,companies are giving them fewer days to begin with.

“Fear of being replaced” and “too much work” were two of the biggest reasons respondents cited in the survey.

The global online survey, “Vacation Deprivation,” was conducted by Harris Interactive on behalf of travel site Expedia from September to October, 2012 . The site has commissioned the survey annually since 2000. 

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