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Patch's Poll: Do You Use Your Vacation Days?

About 57% of working Americans had unused vacation time at the end of 2011 - does that sound familiar? Take our poll and add your thoughts in the comments.

We are coming up on Memorial Day weekend, which is the unofficial start to summer. Summer is the time when most folks plan and take their vacations from work. But a recent study shows that many American workers don't use most of their allocated time off.

"About 57% of working Americans had unused vacation time at the end of 2011, and most of them left an average of 11 days on the table - or nearly 70 percent of their allotted time off, according to a study performed by Harris Interactive for JetBlue."

Among reasons workers gave for forgoing vacation were:

  • Felt they could not take the time
  • Could not afford to travel
  • Were worried about taking time off in an unstable job market.

How about you? Do you get paid vacation? Do you use it? Why or why not?

Kenneth J. Hamilton May 24, 2012 at 10:31 AM
Yes, every single one of them and some :)
Pro Death May 24, 2012 at 11:31 AM
Vacation days, what are those?
Skeptic May 24, 2012 at 12:04 PM
"No person who ever got anywhere in life ever spent one minute of their time adding up how much time off they were entitled to take." - Rush Limbaugh
Coginchaug + Uconn Grad May 24, 2012 at 12:19 PM
Most places don't allow roll over anymore. America needs more vacation.
Ex Republican May 24, 2012 at 12:53 PM
Europeans are given too much vacation. Asians too little. Americans about the right amount. However, getting to use them all in America can be very difficult, especially in tough economic times when hatchetts are poised to swing at every possible cost saving opportunity.
Skeptic May 24, 2012 at 01:37 PM
"Needs More Vacation" is the national motto of Greece.
David Irons May 24, 2012 at 01:59 PM
Skeptic, I agree. Uconn Grad sounds like a political candidate in Europe. Look where their vacation policies have put them. Is this the kind of liberal thinkers that our state university system is generating?

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