Work martyrs put the job first, even when it costs them.
U.S. workers aren't guaranteed vacation time, and those who get it aren't taking full advantage.
Now that the kids are back to school and summer vacation time is officially over, we thought we'd investigate how Americans are using -- or not using -- their vacation days.
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My main tip is to just get off your high horse and stop thinking that the entire office is going to crumble to the ground
The company also is changing the way it calculates paid time off for workers.
The tech company's also giving everyone a week off for the July Fourth holiday.
As the summer begins, Americans plan to enjoy their traditional summer vacations, a time for swimming, sunning, relaxing and - checking work emails? What polling tells us about vacation in America from the 1940s to today, from the Roper Center for Public Opinion archive:
It's not going to be easy to overcome the scourge of vacation deprivation. It requires employers as well as individual men and women like you and me to find the courage to come forward.
I stopped playing the work-life-money game I had been raised with and decided that since this was my one life, I was not going to spend it working or living for the future. And over the course of the last seven years, I have been able to create a life that truly feels like I'm on vacation every day.
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There are many reasons why workers don't spend much time away from the office, despite the positive impact that getting away can have on health, stress and performance.
The United States is the only modern industrialized country that doesn't require employers give minimum annual time off with pay. That makes the vacation days you get a true gift -- one that is precious and essential to your performance in life, both professional and personal.
"Employees are essentially working for their employers for free."
"We're not asking for much," a chorus of adorable, heart-string-tugging children says. "We just want one more day." As part
Small businesses tend to have smaller, and, depending on the age of the business, newer staffs. Implementing a no-limits-vacation policy could disrupt the slightly more fragile small business structure.
It may be summertime, but the living isn't exactly easy. Vacations are increasingly being squeezed by our inability to disconnect