28 May '11, 6pm

No-Vacation Nation: Why Americans Work Like Robots via @planetgreen

No-Vacation Nation: Why Americans Work Like Robots via @planetgreen

We’ve been going this route for years, and as sad as it may be, we’ve arrived. America is truly a no-vacation nation. Beyond a few national holidays, which depending on the corporate entity you call home, may not even be the case, and a week or two time off, Americans aren't taking vacation. This leaves no time to explore the globe and little time to enjoy yourself outside of the job. According to CNN , American companies often want you available by email when you are traveling, whether you’re lounging on the beach or strolling through historical sites. Only 57 percent of U.S. workers even use up the days they are given. By comparison, 89 percent of workers in France use up allotted time. Workers like software engineer Don Brock, who hasn’t taken a real vacation since ten years ago when he took two weeks to drive across the country. CNN reports: Nancy Schimkat, an American...

Full article: http://planetgreen.discovery.com/food-health/no-vacation-...

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