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Are you one of the Vacation Starved Americans?
This from an August New York Times article...
“The Conference Board, a private research group, found that at the start of the summer, 40 percent of consumers had no plans to take a vacation over the next six months — the lowest percentage recorded by the group in 28 years. A survey by the Gallup Organization in May based on telephone interviews with a national sample of 1,003 adults found that 43 percent of respondents had no summer vacation plans.
About 25 percent of American workers in the private sector do not get any paid vacation time, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports. Another 33 percent will take only a seven-day vacation, including a weekend.
Shrinking-vacation syndrome has gotten so bad that at least one major American company, the accounting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers, has taken to shutting down its entire national operation twice a year to ensure that people stop working — for about 10 days over Christmas, and 5 days or so around the Fourth of July. The company tracks vacation time so that when employees fall behind, they are reminded through an electronic nag that they should be getting out of the office more. Company leaders at PricewaterhouseCoopers said they started their nationwide shutdown because people were not getting their batteries recharged. Now that the entire work force of about 29,000 takes a vacation, company officials say they are seeing positive results.
“It has taught our people what it is like to have unencumbered time,” Ms. Kraft said.
The Travel Industry Association, the largest trade group representing the industry, found that the average American expects his or her longest summer trip to last only six nights. And it takes three days just to begin to unwind, experts say.”
Read the full NY Times article, titled The Rise of Shrinking-Vacation Syndrome here.
Remember to take some time off-- overwork and stress does kill! It is estimated that 70-90% of doctor’s visits are stress related and that stress costs the nation more than $300 billion each year. In fact, research shows that those who can’t reduce their stress levels, take time off, or calm themselves are also those more likely to suffer long term effects from a trauma. They can’t snap back as quickly as those who can ‘calm themselves’ and manage their stress. (For more on stress management check out our article: http://www.familybusinessconsulting.com/resources/stress.shtml )
PLAN SOME TIME OFF NOW!