Even when Americans use their vacation leave, they aren’t taking real vacations.
According to the U.S. Travel Association, 61% of employees leave three or more vacation days on the table every year, and they’re less likely to use up those days if they’re allowed to carry them over to the following year. Just 31% of employers that allow rollovers report that workers use all their vacation leave. But 77% of employers with a use-it-or-lose-it policy say workers take all their available time off.
The association reports that the vacations that Americans do take are getting shorter. In 1975, the average vacation lasted more than a week. By 2010, it had shrunk to 3.8 days.