Are You Part of the No Vacation Nation?

Labor Day was enacted into federal law in 1894. It’s nice to think of the day as a national pause day. As a nation, we are choosing to take a timeout from our busy work life and making a collective effort to have some fun. Dr. Perry, from his blog MakeItUltra 

For those living in the U.S.A., Labor Day weekend is fast approaching and the traditional vacation season is drawing to a close. If you’re a working person, I hope you’ll enjoy a day (or a week or two) away from work.

Americans left 768,000,000 vacation days on the table last year. More than half of American workers leave vacation time unused. The United States is the only developed country in the world without a single legally required paid vacation day or holiday. We’re considered the “no vacation nation” by others. By law, every country in the European Union has at least four work weeks of paid vacation.

Research shows that workers who take time off are more productive, mentally alert, healthier, and have greater work satisfaction. 

Affirmation: It’s ok to take time off.

Coaching questions: What’s keeping you from taking vacation days? Do you see value in having time off? If you receive no paid vacation days in your job, consider joining with others to advocate for change.