Why Don’t Americans Take More Vacation Time?

Studies have found that taking time off can actually increase productivity in the workplace, according to The Atlantic. Yet as our infographic points out, a significant number of Americans don’t take all their vacation days.

There are a variety of reasons for this, ranging from not being able to afford to take time off, to having a spouse who can’t take time off from their job.

This behavior may simply be a byproduct of our culture’s overall outlook on work: The Atlantic notes that the United States is practically the only developed country that doesn’t require employers to give their workers time off.


Do you take all your paid vacation time each year? What would prevent you from doing so?

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