Travel Michigan Provides Interesting Study- shows Americans are taking less vacation time
Wednesday, January 4, 2017
Posted by: Liz Szlaga
Travel Michigan Provides Interesting Study – shows Americans are taking less vacation time
In the coming year, Travel Michigan is asking all partners to collectively address the fact that Americans are taking less vacation time by rallying together and encouraging our workforce to use their vacation time right here in Pure Michigan:
Studies show as a society, we’re choosing to work more and relax less. That attitude brings with it real challenges for the travel and recreation industries. The US Travel Association has studied this phenomenon and is working to educate workers and employers about the value of taking time off. David Lorenz, Director of Travel Michigan recently shared the following information:
Project: Time Off's Top 5 Learnings for 2016
1. Unused vacation and technology are correlated.
More than half (55%) of American workers did not all use their time off in 2015, leading to a record-setting 658 million unused vacation days. In the State of American Vacation, we took a closer look at what's driving America's vacation decline. While the common notion is the economy, our data suggests that connectivity has intensified Americans' attachment to work and reduced their ability to break free of the office.
2. The boss is the biggest influencer over our time.
Moving the needle on America's vacation attitudes starts with changing the conversation and culture in the workplace—and managers must lead the way. Project: Time Off accelerated the business case for vacation in 2016 with new research analyzing the business implications of skipping vacation, convening key voices and HR practitioners at The Upside of Downtime Forum, and building relationships with top HR leaders during our roundtable discussions.
3. The work martyr generation is here.
Millennial workers are the most likely generation to forfeit time off, even though they earn the least amount of vacation days. Despite the popular "entitled" narrative, Millennials stay at work because they feel more fear and greater guilt about taking time away from the office than any other generation, an even bigger problem as they move into management roles and model bad behavior. We hope to bid adieu to Millennial work martyr attitudes in 2017.
4. There is a need for this conversation.
Media interest in America's vacation habits and the solution to our work martyrdom reached new levels in 2016 with nearly 1,000 articles, totaling 170 million impressions. New voices amplified the conversation in the media and online, including happiness researcher Shawn Achor, Hilton Worldwide President and CEO Chris Nassetta and Skift Co-founder Rafat Ali.
5. The calendar is key to happiness.
For more information on Project: Time Off visit www.projecttimeoff.com.
Americans who plan out their vacation time are more likely to use their vacation time, take longer vacations, and are happier with their relationships, jobs, and financial situations. As you prepare your New Year's resolutions, join us on January 31 for National Plan for Vacation Day.