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Survey Reveals Americans Leave Vacation Time on the Table

vacayIn the category of disturbing news, a new study conducted by Harris Interactive on behalf of travel Web site Expedia says the typical American only used about two-thirds of their vacation time!

What is up with that? Seriously. Apparently on average we earned 14 days of vacation and only used about 10 days away from the office.  Maybe we’re truly workaholics? Fearful of losing our jobs? Fearful of being truly disconnected to recharge our batteries? Read more

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Sick Days, Personal Time, Holidays & Vacation? Why Not ‘Free Time Off’ Instead?

palm treesLet’s wrap up the week on a fun note, shall we?

When we read this piece on Forbes, we soared into the air with delight. (Okay, more like a little leap of joy but we digress.) Could this perhaps be a trend for other companies to follow?

According to Craig Malloy, CEO of Bloomfire, a social knowledge base application that enables teams to find, share and create contentstaid corporate vacation and sick leave policies are ancient.

Remarking they “have always seemed silly to me,” the executive at the Austin-based company poses the million dollar question: “Why do our colleagues in Europe get far more vacation than Americans?”

Plus, considering more and more companies are forcing employees to use vacation days when they’re sick by lumping them into a PTO category (as in paid time off), people to come into work when they’re feeling sick and simultaneously spread their germs. Read more

New Report Compares Countries With Mandated Paid Vacation Time; Spain & Portugal are Most Generous

Got vacation days? As the summer kicks into high gear with July 4th right around the corner, let’s just say we hope paid time off is on the calendar even though your employer isn’t required by law to provide it.  

According to a report from the Center for Economic and Policy Research, the U.S. was one of the 21 countries included in the report. Every country except ours had laws which required to pay employees ranging from 10 to 30 vacation days each year.

As for the good news? The French seem to have it going on. As per the report, their employers must provide 30 paid vacation days each year and one paid holiday. Read more