Unhealthy fallouts from limited vacation time.

A new report in Forbes on the vacation habits of Americans highlights the health issues involved in skipping breaks and embracing a workaholic culture! Expedia’s aptly named Vacation Deprivation survey notes that 35% of respondents will not use their full vacation time (already among the lowest in the world at 14 days a year), leaving an average of 3 days unused. Reasons include job insecurity and the emphasis on productivity. The article notes that vacations help people to decompress and combat stress, a common cause of dangerous diseases in both men and women. The hospitality industry is as vulnerable to the ailments and as needing of the remedies as any other but, nevertheless, lags many other industries in addressing the issue fully.

What the report does not mention is that the workaholic culture is strongly promoted by the media! In an age of 30 something Internet billionnaires, Average Joes and Janes turned celebrity bloggers and hard-driving, million-dollar CEOS, working hard and long is a given – it’s not about juggling priorities anymore as it is about getting ahead and getting there first! Success in the workplace has become an important aspect of all-round happiness. Add to this, the blackberry warriors and Treo addicts for whom staying connected equals staying in control! Nevertheless, as in most things in life, striking a balance (which may vary with each individual) between vacation time and work is the best course to pursue for an optimal outcome.

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Vijay Dandapani

Co-founder and president of a New York based hotel company for 24 years. Grew the firm to five hotels in Manhattan and also developed a greenfield project at MacArthur airport, New York. Speaker at numerous prestigious forums including Economy Hotels World Asia, Lodging Conference, NYU, Columbia University Real Estate Roundtable, Baruch College's Zicklin School and ALIS. President and ceo of New York City Hotel Association since January 2017.

One thought on “Unhealthy fallouts from limited vacation time.”

  1. The yuppies of the 80s started this trend of productivity over vacation. In response, today’s upper-management doesn’t know how to embrace vacation time. In a sort-of fraternity hazing ritual, when today’s “10 days or less vacation” users become tomorrow’s leaders they definitely won’t know how to create a judgement free workplace. Instead it’ll be stories of “in my day we didn’t even take 10 days of vacation AND we worked holidays… in the snow, uphill.”
    My only hope and/or chance is that more people read Tom Peters book about the future workplace and hire more consultants. If I can get out of the grind and consult, I might not take more vacation time, but at least when I do I don’t have to worry about what the boss thinks.

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