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The Real Reasons Why People Don’t Take Time Off

Updated: Aug 1, 2022

Whether it’s anxiety around planning the logistics to care for kids and pets, fear of being replaceable at work, or concern about a massive workload upon return, all roads lead to unused PTO and a massive uptick in employee burnout.




Why People Don’t Take Time Off


Are you shocked by the number of unused vacation days your employees have left behind in 2020? You’re not alone. Even before COVID-19 hit, there’s always been a deep-rooted cultural hesitance to take time off in the United States. Perhaps it’s because the U.S. is the only developed country on the planet without one legally required paid vacation day or holiday.


No wonder there’s a stigma around using your Paid Time Off (PTO)...



Whether it’s anxiety around planning the logistics to care for kids and pets, fear of being replaceable at work, or concern about a massive workload upon return, all roads lead to unused PTO and a massive uptick in employee burnout.


Workers’ reluctance to take time off has been an issue for years. According to research from the U.S. Travel Association, Oxford Economics and Ipsos, in 2018, 55% of employees didn’t use all of their time off, leading to