Philadelphia, PA — December 29, 2009 — Sixty-six percent of employees did not take all of their vacation time this year, according to a survey by Right Management. Vacation time is an earned employee benefit and has a direct impact on work/life balance and general health and wellness. Pent up fears about job security and pressure to do more in streamlined operations may have been behind many skipping vacation time. Right Management is the talent and career management expert within Manpower, the global leader in employment services.
Right Management surveyed 667 people in December 2009 via an online poll and asked “Have you used all of your vacation time this year?” The results were as follows:
— 66% – No
— 34% – Yes
“All employees should make it their New Year’s resolution to use allocated vacation during the year. Not doing so can lead to increased stress and related health issues, negatively impacting performance and productivity,” said Douglas J. Matthews, President and Chief Operating Officer at Right Management. “Conversely, taking vacation can boost creativity and rejuvenate overall energy and focus.”
Matthews cautions that the physical and psychological conditions in which people show up for work every day can have a real impact on workforce performance. “They can influence turnover and retention, absenteeism, frequency of health claims, safety and a host of other HR issues. Using vacation time is important to maintain balance and wellness.”
“This past year has been a hectic one for employers and employees alike. Cutbacks, restructurings, mergers and more have all contributed to heavy workloads. Employees likely have not taken their full vacation for fear of job security, as well as inadequate support to fill in for them when they are out. Today, many organizations have cultures that demand for people to be `on’ all the time. And technological advancements continue to enable this 24/7 mindset,” said Matthews.
About Right Management
Right Management is the talent and career management expert within Manpower, the global leader in employment services. Right Management helps clients win in the changing world of work by designing and executing workforce solutions that align talent strategy with business strategy. Our expertise spans Talent Assessment, Leader Development, Organizational Effectiveness, Employee Engagement, and Workforce Transition and Outplacement. With offices in over 50 countries, Right Management partners with companies of all sizes. More than 80% of Fortune 500 companies are currently working with us to help them grow talent, reduce costs and accelerate performance.
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