Paid Vacation Days Around the World

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Do you get paid vacation days?giant hand made out of sand on beach

If you do, you are extremely luck. Did you know that the United States is the only advanced country that does not require employers to provide paid vacation days? Other countries often have more paid holidays as well. Check out the graphic at the bottom of this article for a clear depiction of paid days off around the word.

In Hong Kong, employees are given days off, but they are not necessarily paid. According to FindLaw, European Union law dictates that workers are given at least 20 to 30 days paid vacation time each year, which is often in addition to paid holidays.

While Asian countries tend to surpass the U.S. in terms of paid vacation, they’re still ranked toward the bottom of the global list. On average, APAC workers receive 19 days of vacation and only take 14 days, according to Expedia’s Vacation Deprivation study.

According to Reuters, in Singapore, one of the wealthiest countries in the world, 55 percent of employers reported they were not doing a good job developing fair flex-time policies.

Conversely, South American vacation laws can vary, but include some of the most generous options worldwide. According to Mondaq, Brazilian employees are guaranteed 30 days every 12 months, as well as an additional salary bonus for their vacation period. Time off is also perceived as a matter of “workers’ health, safety and well being.”

Why aren’t people using their vacation days? a suitcase and passport

Are your suitcases and passport dusty? Study after study shows that takings vacations and time off from work is extremely good for you. So, whether you have paid vacation days or not, you should never feel guilty about taking a trip.

In a 2014 survey of 1,303 American workers who receive paid time off, Project: Time Off and GfK Public Affairs and Corporate Communications (GfK) teamed up to reveal the underlying reasons why people sacrifice their hard-earned vacation days.

Here are the top Top 5 Reasons Americans Don’t Use Their Vacation Days:

  • Fear of returning to a mountain of work (40%)
  • The belief that nobody else can do the job (35%)
  • Inability to afford taking time off (33%)
  • Fear of being seen as replaceable (22%)
  • To show greater dedication to the company and the job (28%)

Do You Need More Convincing?

If you are hesitant to use your vacation days, check out how the rest of the world is using their time off (see below). Admittedly, the culture in the US might not encourage employees to take time off as much as other countries do, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t.

So, where are you going to go?

Via: Credit Score Blog


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