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Summer bummer: Get workers to use their vacation days

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businessman on vacationWhen it comes to the issue of time off, America doesn’t exactly have a stellar reputation.

While law requires every country in the European Union to offer at least four weeks of paid vacation each year (generous Austria has a legal minimum of 22 paid vacation days and 13 paid holidays), the average private-sector worker in the United States gets a total of 16 paid days off.

It would seem, then, that Americans would make good use of the precious few they do get. However, Forbes reports that U.S. workers forfeited some 169 million of those paid time-off days in 2014, a collective surrender of $52.4 billion in benefits.

From a business standpoint, this news initially may sound positive. Why not be happy about workers essentially staying glued to their jobs?

The downside of workers forgoing vacation

“Some managers think that employees who do not use up their allotted vacation time are saving their company money,” says wellness e...(register to read more)

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