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Most Employees Didn’t Take All Their Vacation in 2011

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Most Employees Didn’t Take All Their Vacation in 2011

PHILADELPHIA, PA – December 23, 2011 – Most workers did not take all their vacation in 2011, according to a survey by workforce consulting firm Right Management. As many as 70% of employees indicated they would not take all of their vacation time, and 30% said they would.

Right Management surveyed 814 workers throughout North America via an online poll that closed on December 15 and asked “Have you used all of your vacation time this year?” The results were as follows:

 No  -  70%
 Yes -  30%

The findings are consistent with the 2009 survey when it was found that two-thirds of employees did not take all vacation time due them.

According to Right Management Senior Vice President Michael Haid, "The perceived workplace culture that prevails at many organizations seems to recognize devotion to the job to the exclusion of almost all else. Whether this culture is real or imagined, employees everywhere are forsaking vacations and even family time for the primacy of work. If there's no balance in people's lives there will soon be resentment and health problems."

The findings suggest that many employees in the U.S. and Canada are anxious about their job, Haid said. “We know from ongoing research that there’s a lot of stress in the workplace. Staffing is lean, workloads are heavier, job security uncertain, and the job market is weak.”

Vacation is a core benefit earned by employees, Haid observed. “Vacation is fundamental to a healthy, productive workforce. By itself, foregoing a few days off may not be significant, but when so many people think they shouldn’t take the time they’re entitled to we have problems. These may include unnecessary turnover, low retention, absenteeism, frequent health or safety claims or a host of other HR issues.”

About Right Management

Right Management is the talent and career management experts within ManpowerGroup. The firm designs and delivers solutions to align talent strategy with business strategy. Expertise spans Talent Assessment, Leader Development, Organizational Effectiveness, Employee Engagement, and Workforce Transition and Outplacement. With offices in over 50 countries, Right Management partners with companies of all sizes – including more than 80% of the Fortune 500 – to help grow and engage their talent, increase productivity and optimize business performance.

Media Contact: Shari Fryer, Shari Fryer & Associates,, 970-846-6607.