According to a new study performed by Airfarewatchdog, the #1 career regret in the U.S. is not using all of one's vacation days.
Airfairwatchdog surveyed 2,500 people and not only did almost half (45 percent) admit to not using all of their vacation days, the overwhelming majority of them (74 percent) said they regretted it.
Of those surveyed, the career regrets are as follows:
As of mid-September, the majority (63 percent) have ten or more vacation days left, and 75 percent have more than a week’s worth.
Most say they intend to use their remaining days. Sadly, the reality is that many most likely will not.
According to Project: Time Off, 662 million vacation days went unused in America last year.
It is important to note that the study also found that those in the first half of their careers, 62 percent are most likely to take all of their time off. This drops to 57 percent in the second half of one's career, and 53 percent as retirement closes in.
However, while regret over not taking those days peaks in the latter half of one’s career, those who are nearing retirement feel less remorse over skipping vacation.
The study partially points to an American work culture that doesn't encourage taking time off.
Almost 40 percent (37 percent) of those surveyed don't feel encouraged by either their company, boss, or both to use all of their vacation days.
Forgoing vacation days might seem like a good thing for your career, but according to a study from Stanford Univesity employees who work more than 50 hours a week start to see a decline in productivity.
So if you never take a break from work, it could have the opposite effect and possibly lead to burnout.
Your body needs to recharge and the best way to do that is to take the vacations you're entitled to.
In our opinion, if you have been skipping vacation days, your boss should be forcing you to take time off, since it's really a win-win for both sides!
We hope this helps!
P.S. What is YOUR biggest career regret and why? You're welcome to add your 2 cents in the comments below!
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