More than one-third of U.S. employees (39%) do not believe their bosses encourage them to take allotted vacation days, according to Randstad U.S.’ latest Employee Engagement Study.
In addition, 45% of surveyed employees say their bosses do not help them disconnect from work while on vacation. Forty-one percent believe work-life balance is impossible to achieve.
Nearly half of employees (49%) feel stressed after they return from vacation. Forty-six percent say they worry about work while on vacation.
Nearly four in ten employees surveyed (38%) believe taking fewer vacations makes them look better in the eyes of their boss. More than one in three (36%) report they have had to cancel vacation plans due to work.
The Employee Engagement Survey also found more than one-quarter of employees (28%) would rather have a better boss than a $5,000 raise, and more than one-third of employees (36%) would give up $5,000 a year in salary to be happier at work.
Randstad’s study found the relationship between employees and employers is a vital factor that influences both vacation etiquette and overall workplace happiness. “Employers who proactively maintain positive relationships with employees and encourage them to utilize allotted vacation time are more likely to boost company morale, reduce turnover and increase productivity, all of which can positively impact a company’s bottom line,” the company said.
The survey was conducted online within the United States from June 10 to 26, with 2,279 employed adults ages 18 and older.