• Did you know that from 1996 to 2016, the amount of vacation time taken by the average U.S. worker decreased by 5 days per year?

  • 55% of U.S. employees did NOT use all of their vacation days in 2015.

  • Even while on vacation, more than 40% of employees perform job tasks.

How can taking time off improve our lives, our jobs, and our companies?

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Our Lives

Vacations benefit our health and our personal relationships.

  1. Vacations are relaxing.

  2. Employees feel less stressed after taking a vacation.

  3. Our immune system is boosted immediately following a vacation.

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Our Jobs

Taking time off not only improves our physical health; time off also leads to employees experiencing...

  1. a boost in productivity,

  2. increased creativity,

  3. and an increased desire to get back to work.

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Our Companies

Vacations not only help employees, they also benefit businesses.

  1. 94% of workers perform better in their jobs immediately following a vacation.

  2. Unused vacation days cost businesses $225 billion dollars per year in liabilities.

  3. This amount is estimated to increase by $50 billion over the next five years.

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Quiz

How could encourage your employees to use their vacation days?

Make it easy to ask for

Take time off yourself

Talk about the benefits of vacation

All of these

Summary

Taking time off benefits not only employees; it also improves the bottom line.

So how can you encourage your employees to take time off?

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