You still have vacation days to take. For some of you this might be just a couple of days – for others it might be weeks. But there are only four weeks left in 2009 and time is running out.
According to the Huffington Post, too many people aren’t taking their vacations, and CNN reported that a recent survey found that 34% of Americans don’t take all their vacation each year. (My guess is that those estimates are low.) Are you one of them? If so, here are five great reasons why you should take all your vacation:
1. You earned it. It’s a benefit. It’s worth money. You might be surprised that Expedia estimates there will be 436 million unused vacation days in 2009 and values that at $63.33 billion. (I’ll do the math for you – that’s at an hourly rate of $18.)
2. It won’t change your annual appraisal. I have news for you – most management teams complete their performance discussions before the holidays (because they plan to be on vacation). Unless you are in sales and need to make quota for the quarter, or you discover a technology that solves world hunger, chances are your bottom line won’t change because you took some time off over the holidays.
3. Your boss won’t notice. The truth is, unless you’ve specifically been asked to provide coverage, no one will notice. And consider this – if you are the only one working, then you’re also the only one to blame when something goes wrong. You might be a martyr, but you won’t be a hero.
4. It costs the company money. If you happen to work in a company that still allows vacation days to be carried over from one year to the next, this costs the company money. Whatever days you defer have to be carried as a liability, and when you do “cash them in” they will cost more than they do today.
5. You need a break. If you can’t take a sabbatical, at least take your vacation!
Oh – and when you do take that break, resist the urge to spend all day on your laptop, your blackberry, your cell phone… you get the idea.
So what do you say? Are you planning to take all your vacation this year? If not, why not?