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‘Tis the season: Encourage your people to take a break

Another sign the economy’s crawling back: A substantial number of workers feel better about taking vacation this year than they did in Summer 2010.

More than a third (36%) of workers responding to a recent CareerBuilder survey said they feel more comfortable taking a summer break this year.

How long are they planning to be gone? Twenty-six percent are planning a vacation of 7 to 10 days, while 11% expect to take two weeks or longer.  Twenty-four percent are planning for 3 to 5 days or a weekend getaway.

That’s the positive spin on the survey results. Here’s the negative:

  • 24% said they can’t afford to take a vacation in 2011, up from 21% last year, and
  • Another 12% reported they can afford a vacation, but don’t have plans to take one.

It’s long been proven that vacations are an important tool in maintaining employee morale and productivity. Unless your firm’s still running so lean you can’t operate when people take time off, it’s probably a good time to get out the word that management is fully behind the idea that employees are entitled to some R&R.

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  1. Concerned says:

    Management knows the importance of taking a vacation, however regardless of what the job market says there are still lots of companies that are really running on the bare bones minimum.

    With that being said they still can’t handle someone taking the time off for such a long time. I have been asked by several of my closest friends if I see anyting in the way of there REALLY being an upswing.

    There was just a job fair at the are mall. They use the mall when there are so many companies that no conference center can hold all the companies that are to be in attendance. There was nothing really there. I would say that there was about 25 companies, and those that were there were really just fielding out resumes so that they can have an applicant pool for the future upswing.

  2. Vacations are important for maintaining good productivity and a healthy work ethic. It’s great to see people are taking them again. A company should always try to budget for them throughout the year so it’s not a big surprise all at once

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