Project: Time Off declared Jan. 31 National Plan for Vacation Day, a day the organization says should be used to schedule all time off work for the rest of the year. Here, we break down the movement behind the push to get employees to truly own their calendars and prioritize time off.
What: Project: Time Off, a U.S. movement aiming to shift the perception that taking time off is considered frivolous instead of essential to personal and familial health
Why: Unused vacation days are rampant (55 percent of Americans didn’t use all of their days in 2015), but taking time off is a business investment with proven returns. Eighty-four percent of managers agree that when employees take time off, they return to work with improved focus and creativity.
How: Celebrate National Plan for Vacation Day by scheduling vacation days for the entire year. Then follow the Project: Time Off movement on social media by searching #PlanForVacation and #TakeADay for inspiration. In the office, set up a board encouraging colleagues to post photos from their vacations.
By the Numbers
number of vacation days Americans took in 2015
of Americans do not use all of their vacation days
of employees don’t go on vacation because they fear they will be overwhelmed by projects when they return
don’t take vacations because they feel no one else can do their job as well as them in their absence
of employees would more willingly take time off if they felt fully supported and encouraged by their boss
Get With It: Employees are happier, less stressed and more productive (both at work and at home) when they feel encouraged to use vacation time.
Source: Project: Time Off