July is almost over...have you taken a summer vacation yet this year? If not, do you plan to?
I bring it up because in recent months there's been some news in the media about how Americans typically only use half of the annual vacation time that they're entitled to. Everyone knows by now that we're the most overworked nation compared to the rest of the world (and one of the unhappiest.) We receive less vacation time, on average, compared to our European and Asian counterparts. And for some reason, we're afraid to take advantage of what piddly amount of paid days off we're lucky to get. I had a friend who never took a vacation in all the time I knew her. When I asked her why one day, she said something about how difficult it would be on her boss because he wouldn't have anyone to depend on or do her work while she was away (did he ever hear of temp agencies?) In other words, she seemed scared to ask or to simply tell him in advance that she was taking one. As a result, she never took a trip. She never went away, despite telling me she wanted to visit Italy. I thought it was kind of sad. Who wants to live that way? Every full-time worker is entitled to vacation time. But judging by recent articles I've seen, this behavior doesn't seem to be all that unusual.