Americans workers taking less holidays than 30 years ago

An article in The Guardian today by Oliver Burkeman comments on a survey about trends in working in life in the USA.

Highlights of the article - More Americans swap beach for the office - include:

1) 40 per cent of workers questioned at the start of the summer said they had no plans to take any holiday at all for the next six months, more than at any time since the late 1970s.

2) A quarter of people employed in the private sector in the US get no paid vacation at all.

3) Even when they do take vacations, overworked Americans find it hard to switch off. One in three find not checking their email and voicemail more stressful than working.

4) Americans fail to take an average of four days of their vacation entitlement - an annual national total of 574m unclaimed days.

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