A new Hilton Hotels & Resorts study reveals that 4.5 million people are losing more than six days of annual leave each year, due to reasons including being worried about losing their job or looking bad in front of their boss. One in 20 even admitted they take just half of the time off they are entitled to, saying that using every day of their annual leave is frowned upon in their workplace. These results show that Britain’s workforce is suffering from Vacationitis – a condition coined earlier this year by Hilton and affecting those who fail to take enough time off from work. Hilton is encouraging employees to check their annual leave balance during “International Use it or Lose it Week”, November 18 – 22, to combat this global epidemic.
To help us get a better understanding of the growing Vacationitis epidemic in the United Kingdom, we commissioned a study among 2,000 workers in the U.K. The results speak for themselves: Britons enjoy just eight days of their average 24 days annual leave because the rest of the time is taken up with ‘domestic admin’.
The 2003 Leisure Time Advocacy Survey commissioned by Hilton focused on Americans’ typical workday and non-workday activities, amount of leisure time, hobbies, vacation activities and attitudes toward vacations.
According to a 1991 Time Values Survey commissioned by Hilton, finding time for both work and personal life became so critical that a majority of working Americans said they would be willing to take less pay to get more time off.