A bit of the blame may go to all those mobile phones, tablets, and laptops we're carrying around.
"America is behind on offering employees paid vacation day due to a number of reasons," says Michael Crom, executive vice president at Dale Carnegie Training. "For one, our digital culture can make it impossible for employees to fully un-plug from the office, and therefore make them feel like they need to answer every request that shows up in their inbox 100% of the time."
Crom says that is a big mistake; studies have shown vacation time gives employees needed time to recharge. "This ability to be away from work totally at times allows for greater engagement and greater productivity when they are working," he says.
The no-vacation mindset may be changing, however, and it's employers driving that change.
"Some organizations are finding that using extra paid vacation days can positively impact employee engagement levels," Crom says. "Using paid days off or paid volunteer days allow employees to feel valued by their manager or company while also feeling pride for where they work. Our Dale Carnegie Training's employee engagement study found that two key drivers of employee engagement were feeling valued by your manager and having pride in your company. So I wouldn't be surprised if other companies adopted these engagement strategies to retain their top talent as the economy continues to improve."
By Brian O'Connell