The average American worker barely takes advantage of half of their allotted vacation time, according to a Glassdoor survey released earlier this year. Most American workers are currently entitled to 10 vacation days -- which is 10 fewer days than the Germans and Irish get, and 20 days short of the French. When Americans finally do take our time off, we don’t actually disconnect from our work responsibilities -- 61 percent of us work while on vacation out of fear of falling behind, losing our job or appearing less dedicated than our colleagues.
Even more upsetting is that one in four American workers do not have vacation options at all. The United States is the only advanced country in the world that does not guarantee vacation days to its workers. And there is a new White House petition out to fix that, the Vacation Equality Project.