New Survey Finds A Third Of American Workers Experience 'Vacation Guilt'

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BOSTON (WBZNewsRadio) - While time off from work is meant to help ease the stress of our '9-to-5', many Americans find taking vacation stressful in itself, and feel guilty by taking the paid-time-off. According to a new study by New View Strategies, 72 percent said they're currently experiencing burnout, 45 percent said they are not using their time off, and a third of workers said when they do take vacation, they feel guilty about it.

What's more, 37 percent of American workers said they regret taking a vacation because of the workload and stress before and after. While half of Americans admit they check and send work e-mails on vacation, with about 60 percent claimed their boss called them during their time off.

The study surveyed about 500 Americans and 500 Europeans to find key differences between vacation habits and how people are using their paid-time-off since 2020.

"Absolutely correct," David from Milton told WBZ's Shari Small "I get five weeks off a year, I've taken two, last week I put in for another week and I was told I can't take it."

"I get six weeks a year and I feel guilty every time I take vacation." Louie of Salem said.

But not everyone feels guilty.

"You earn it, you deserve it, your employer should never make you feel guilty about it obviously." Mike of Boston said.

"No, because those corporate people don't feel guilty for what they pay us." Jennifer from Acton said with a chuckle.

The survey also found 1 in 4 workers are secretly jealous of fellow co-workers who do take vacations.

WBZ's Shari Small (@ShariSmallNews) reports

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