Overwork in America: When the Way We Work Becomes Too Much

Overwork in America: When the Way We Work Becomes Too Much

How many Americans actually take a long, relaxing vacation? Not nearly enough, according to Overwork in America: When the Way We Work Becomes Too Much (executive summary, 13 pages, PDF), a report of the Families and Work Institute. Based on telephone interviews with more than a thousand U.S. workers, the report found that while longer vacations provide significantly more psychological benefits than shorter ones, only 14 percent of American workers will take a vacation of two weeks or more; 37 percent will take fewer than seven days; 25 percent will take four to six days; and 12 percent will take one to three days. Among other things, the report suggests that encouraging employees to take time to relax and tap into the restorative aspect of a vacation benefits both employee and employer.