Bosses Get Away While Workers Stay

June 21, 2012 ( - Bosses are finding more time for getaways than their workers, according to a survey.

By Jay Polansky | June 21, 2012
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CareerBuilder found 81% of managers have taken or plan to take vacation this year, compared to 65% of full-time employees.

While the number of American workers who have already taken or plan to take a vacation is up from 61% in 2011, the number of vacationers falls well below pre-financial crisis levels. In 2007, 80% of full-time workers went on vacation or expected to take a vacation that year.

However, the number of workers that can afford a vacation has increased. One in five workers (19%) said they can’t afford to go on vacation, which is down from 24% in 2011. An additional 12% of workers say they can afford vacations, but have no plans to take one, consistent with past years.

Rosemary Haefner, vice president of human resources at CareerBuilder, suggests that managers encourage their workers to use paid time off. Last year, 15% of workers reported they gave up vacation days last year because they didn’t have time to use them.

“Workers who maximize vacation time are less likely to burn out and more likely to maintain productivity levels,” Haefner said. “Heavy workloads and financial constraints can make it difficult to get away from work, but even if you’re not traveling far from home, a few days away can have a very positive impact on your health and happiness.”