What if vacation shouldn't be seen as a luxury, but as a necessity?
According to the 2011 Work Stress Survey conducted by Harris Interactive on behalf of Everest College, 77 percent of Americans are stressed about at least one thing related to their job. The study surveyed more than 1,000 adults and found top stressors included low pay, commuting, unreasonable workload and fear of being fired. Others on the list were annoying coworkers, boss, poor work-life balance and lack of opportunity for advancement.
But despite the stress, just 57 percent of Americans use their vacation time, one of the lowest percentages in the world, according to a 2010 joint survey by Reuters and the Paris-based research firm Ipsos Group. Rather than using earned vacation time to take a break and recharge, many workers continue the wearying routine of work. This may be due in part to the difficult job environment, says Dr. Thomas Thorsheim, a licensed psychologist and executive coach.
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