For those in the first few months of a new job, it’s normal to feel like you still have to prove yourself. Taking on extra tasks, coming in early and staying late at the office — sound familiar? That feeling that the interview still isn’t over could also impact whether you end up booking that summer getaway anytime soon.
At least that’s what Project: Time Off found in its new study, which surveyed 7,331 full-time workers in jobs that offer paid time off. (The survey doesn’t include non-government workers without vacation benefits.)
The good news is that the initiative, funded by the travel industry, found that paid vacation day offerings are actually up from 2015 to an average of 22.6 days per year. However, workers aren’t taking full advantage of this perk, on average taking only 16.8 days off. Overall, more than half of workers surveyed admitted to not taking all of their vacation time.
Workers cite many reasons for not scheduling their R&R, but a notable one is job insecurity: 25% of respondents said they avoided taking all of their vacation days so they would appear more dedicated to their work. What’s more, 20% said they worried that taking all of their vacation days could cost them a raise or promotion.
Feeling guilty about taking time off is totally relatable, especially for an office newcomer. It’s also possible that people are more likely to put in vacation requests once they’re at a company for a longer period of time. But it’s important to remember that taking time off is beneficial for a both an employee’s physical and mental health. If you don’t believe us, check out this work-life balance study conducted by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), which finds that overworked employees are more susceptible to personal health issues and increased stress.
And for those not afraid to get their much-needed break from work, hit up this list of the best summer travel destinations for families in the U.S.