Workers Surveyed Satisfied With Amount of Vacation Time

MENLO PARK, CA -- Today’s companies aren’t grinches when it comes to giving their staff days off, a new survey suggests. Fifty-nine percent of employees polled said they are very satisfied with the amount of vacation time their employers provide; another 25 percent are somewhat satisfied. Only 15 percent expressed discontent.

The poll was developed by OfficeTeam, a leading staffing service specializing in highly skilled administrative professionals. It was conducted by an independent research firm and includes responses from 573 men and women, all 18 years of age or older, and employed.

Survey respondents were asked, “How satisfied are you with the amount of vacation time your employer provides?” Their responses: 

 Very satisfied 59% 
 Somewhat satisfied 25%
 Not very satisfied  8% 
 Not at all satisfied  7% 
 Don't know/no answer  1% 

“For many professionals, the challenge lies not in receiving days off but in finding time to take them,” said Diane Domeyer, executive director of OfficeTeam. “People often feel guilty about spending more than just a few days out of the office for fear of inconveniencing colleagues or returning to unmanageable workloads, especially if their firms are operating with lean staffing levels.”

Although employees may hesitate to take too much time off, foregoing breaks can lead to burnout, according to Domeyer. “Instead of letting vacation days go unused, workers should schedule time off well in advance so their employers will have time to prepare for their absence,” she said. Domeyer offered these tips for planning a smooth – and guilt-free – vacation:

  • Consider off-season travel. The holidays can be a hard time to spend significant time out of the office, since so many coworkers may plan to be out at this time. Instead, consider using vacation days during other months.
  • Develop a proposal. When meeting with your manager, discuss how time-sensitive projects will be completed in your absence. For example, perhaps a coworker has offered to handle certain tasks, or a temporary professional can be brought in while you’re gone.
  • Spread the word. Let everyone know about your travel plans as soon as possible. That way, people won’t count on your help while you’re away.
  • Leave a list. Minimize work disruptions by creating a detailed record of active projects and their status. Also, show colleagues where your files can be found.
  • Use out-of-office functions. Let those who call or e-mail know you’re away so you’ll have fewer messages to respond to when your return.
  • Say thanks. Small souvenirs are a nice way to thank those who covered for you in your absence. Of course, returning the favor is the best way to show appreciation.

OfficeTeam has more than 300 locations worldwide and offers online job search services at www.officeteam.com.

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