America: The No Vacation Nation

America: The No Vacation Nation

This likely won’t be news to Americans, but citizens of the US get the least amount of vacation time of any developed country. Laci Green tells us the unexpected impact of all this work.

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U.S. The Only Advanced Economy That Does Not Require Employers To Provide Paid Vacation Time, Report Says
http://www.forbes.com/sites/tanyamohn/2013/08/13/paid-time-off-forget-about-it-a-report-looks-at-how-the-u-s-compares-to-other-countries/
“It’s mid-August and many Americans are either on or about to take off for a week (two if they are lucky) of annual vacation. But is that enough, and is it paid?”

Fewer Americans Get Paid Vacation Days Than 20 Years Ago


“While more than 80 percent of American workers got paid vacation days two decades ago, just 77 percent do today, according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).”

Overworked Americans Leave Half Billion Vacation Days Unused
http://www.ibtimes.com/overworked-americans-leave-half-billion-vacation-days-unused-1475608
“No one retires wishing they’d spent more time at their desk,” noted John Morrey, vice president and general manager of Expedia.com. Yet, the online travel company’s latest Vacation Deprivation Study reveals that Americans left about a half-billion vacation days unused last year.”

INTERNATIONAL COMPARISONS OF MANUFACTURING PRODUCTIVITY AND UNIT LABOR COST TRENDS, 2011
http://www.bls.gov/news.release/pdf/prod4.pdf
“Manufacturing productivity increased in 2011 in 15 of 19 countries covered, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Labor productivity (output per hour) rose by more than 2 percent in the majority of countries.”

Paid leave in private industry over the past 20 years
http://www.bls.gov/opub/btn/volume-2/pdf/paid-leave-in-private-industry-over-the-past-20-years.pdf
“Paid leave was the most prevalent employee benefit provided by employers in private industry throughout the United States in 2012.”

On holiday: Countries with the most vacation days
http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/business/2013/06/08/countries-most-vacation-days/2400193/
“The United States is the only developed country in the world without a single legally required paid vacation day or holiday. By law, every country in the European Union has at least four work weeks of paid vacation.”

The importance of vacations to our physical and mental health
http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/fulfillment-any-age/201006/the-importance-vacations-our-physical-and-mental-health
“Among the many debates swirling through the nation’s circle of pundits each year is whether nation’s leaders should take time off in the summer for their yearly recess. As it turns out, though it may seem that they’re being irresponsible, perhaps they’re doing the right thing. Everyone needs a vacation once in a while.”

Travel is the best medicine, study finds
http://www.latimes.com/travel/deals/la-trb-travel-best-medicine-study-20131217,0,389887.story?track=rss#axzz2nkWOaqJj
“Traveling keeps you young. Or at least healthier. That’s the finding of a new study linking travel to decreased risks of heart attack and depression and even the promotion of brain health.”

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50 Comments

  1. VapeTime on January 9, 2020 at 10:58 am

    I take 14 days per year

  2. 5000Kone on January 9, 2020 at 10:58 am

    The stats seem to be little off. In the world at least according to Wikipedia. Wiki says people in Iran get most paid vacation/holidays, 53 days in a year. In Europe, most of paid vacation/holidays get people in micro-state Andorra, 45 days. Most paid vacation/holidays days in EU you can get in Malta, with 39 days, Austria 38 days, third place is a shared position between Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Frace and Spain where people get average 36 paid vacation/holidays in a year. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_minimum_annual_leave_by_country

  3. Gazpic on January 9, 2020 at 10:59 am

    In the UK there is on average 20-28 paid holiday leave, plus 8 public holidays. ( vacations) Nearly all my friends travel abroad every year to Europe and beyond. I travel abroad about 6-8 times a year, as its so easy and cheap to get round Europe, west Asia and North Africa. My late brother lived in the USA and Canada in the nighties and found it hard to take the time off he needed to travel back to Europe because of limited vacation time and also the cost of traveling. When his Canadian wife came to the UK she couldn’t believe that many of us would think nothing of going to Europe for the weekend. I work for myself so it’s easy for me to take time off.

  4. Erich Mais on January 9, 2020 at 11:00 am

    I don’t take vacation because the days I want to take off are blacked out….really helpful…

  5. DontUputThatEvilOnMe on January 9, 2020 at 11:00 am

    All Americans should visit China they work like 12 hrs per day 6 days a week. Working hard is not a bad thing it makes the country strong. The idea in China is that you live to work and not work to live.

  6. Darrin Stanfill on January 9, 2020 at 11:03 am

    lol and other nations ttthink we Americans are lazy. I dont think ive ever worked a job that didn’t make me work over forty hours a week. Hell people at Aisin and Firestone fall asleep at the wheel and die constantly on their ways home..due to exhaustion. Even shittier..we get almost nothing for it like free medical care,plenty of vacation time ect.

  7. robert white on January 9, 2020 at 11:05 am

    UK 5 weeks.

  8. Bobby Shue on January 9, 2020 at 11:05 am

    Vacation and time off is VERY vital to a healthy economic growth.

  9. For the Doggies Guitars on January 9, 2020 at 11:06 am

    Work is overrated plus with AI turning in time cards look for a huge overhaul in the American Dream. Joke really. Europe has it down. ✌

  10. sommerfuglerne on January 9, 2020 at 11:06 am

    I have 5-6 weeks vacation with pay. 12,5 % of my salary goes to vacation salary and I earn 2,08 vacation days a month, equals to 5 weeks. And then I get one free week of vacation, which I can use or get the money for. Oh and besides that, then I have 12 holidays where shops are closed. So if we calculate days off from work in 2018 with weekends with no work in weekends, I have 147 days without work.

  11. Wim Schoenmakers on January 9, 2020 at 11:06 am

    I live in Holland, and have about 7 weeks of paid vacation this year.

  12. C T on January 9, 2020 at 11:08 am

    If you aren’t making the company money, you aren’t worth shit. There are times where if you take vacation too often (even with pto) you can still be let go. That’s part of the mindset in America. If I knew a few other languages and didn’t have anything tying me down here, I’d consider becoming a citizen somewhere in Europe.

  13. Michael Cortez on January 9, 2020 at 11:09 am

    It’s true! I have relatives in Australia and they get a month+ off every year!

  14. joe jack on January 9, 2020 at 11:11 am

    American Dream is living paycheck to paycheck and no vacation. Work till you die and pay maximum amount of tax.

  15. Fivah on January 9, 2020 at 11:12 am

    expensive ass country we living in.

  16. Nemanja ĆIrić on January 9, 2020 at 11:13 am

    and i was think my 4 weeks are not enough

  17. Juggernaut Gamer on January 9, 2020 at 11:14 am

    LAND OF THE FREE!!!!! LoL!!

  18. alex entrepreneur on January 9, 2020 at 11:14 am

    I said i would take a vacation this September or October that was 6 jobs ago in august of 2018 it’s not September 2019 looks like i gotta wait another year a job hated that i worked part time two days a week and let me go another job i would work my ass off go above and beyond and even stay later to help out and i didn’t get paid for it still was let go so got a job at dominos part time quit that a week ago to work at Dunkin for 30 hours and like 10 cents more in pay which i should get a raise in a month and become pop leader and earn like a dollar or 50 cents higher pay whoopeedooo after taxes for filling single im ass raped so either or im fucked but im always looking to improve my life for now I’ll go from Job to job till i find suitable pay

  19. hamaslemany on January 9, 2020 at 11:14 am

    I heard slavery is over

  20. Dimitris Andreou on January 9, 2020 at 11:17 am

    Far-right nation , you vote for it stop crying

  21. Nige G on January 9, 2020 at 11:17 am

    Work until your heart breaks out, then pay for medication, bummer.

  22. MrKatzengreis on January 9, 2020 at 11:21 am

    Here in Germany we have only 6 weeks paid holiday per year…….lol

  23. Silent Narcissist on January 9, 2020 at 11:21 am

    Vacations and working pointless jobs cause climate change. Learn how to be happy working at home and living on less and save the planet. Screw the travel industry that makes money off killing us all and destroying the planet

  24. RachelBabexoxo on January 9, 2020 at 11:24 am

    Tbh, 4 weeks in the UK is not even enough, I want at least whole year of holiday.

  25. D. Edwards on January 9, 2020 at 11:24 am

    The American work force is modern day slavery. Billion and millionaires make their fortunes off the sweat, blood, and tears of their hourly paid slav…. oops I mean "employees". The people like myself that are in the trenches everyyyy day for 8 hours at least 5 days a week are the REAL backbone of ANY company. The place I work can run like a clock without our "Manager of the store" but lose just ONE person in my department the place falls apart 🤔🤯🤫🧐

  26. Joshua Garden on January 9, 2020 at 11:24 am

    Portugal guarantees 5 weeks of paid vacation? Where on earth have you seen that info? We only have 22 days per year which means 3 to 4 weeks. Far less than Germany and France that get 30 days.

  27. سكوبار SCOPAR on January 9, 2020 at 11:24 am

    Here in saudi arabia the a vactions Is 4 Months 🙆❤

  28. terraincognita96 on January 9, 2020 at 11:26 am

    About the only thing I’ve ever agreed with Lacey Green on

  29. Kang Pill Lee on January 9, 2020 at 11:27 am

    Koreans and Mexicans will laugh at this😆

  30. Yonatan Kanosh on January 9, 2020 at 11:27 am

    In Israel we have way more vacations mid year. But the summer is two months

  31. Shueb Khan on January 9, 2020 at 11:31 am

    I love the EU!

  32. Richard Turner on January 9, 2020 at 11:31 am

    The American dream? You’re sold that you are the greatest country in the world yet you cannot give the hard working middle class a decent paid vacation.

  33. Aussie Pom on January 9, 2020 at 11:31 am

    I get 5 days off every three weeks, that’s 5 paid days off every three weeks. A "rostered day off" occurs within that five days off. I also get an extra nine RDO’s every calendar year. We haven’t got to holidays yet until now. I also get 5 weeks fully paid annual leave every year, but I can accrue my annual leave if I want to take fully paid extended leave. I take holidays every three years and I take a whole season off or 13 weeks. I have accrued 40 weeks of sick leave as I get 3 weeks fully paid sick leave every year. I’ve also accrued 23 weeks long service leave and I get two weeks for every year of service. Where do I live and work? Australia of course and no my employer is not going bankrupt on labor costs.
    I have to be careful I don’t accrue to many weeks of annual leave otherwise my employer will just put me on fully paid annual leave at a time of his choosing. He will sack me if I turn up for work rather than being on holidays as he can get into serious trouble for it will seem he’s prevented me from going on holidays hence my excess leave amount.

  34. Alazar abebe on January 9, 2020 at 11:32 am

    Laci could get it

  35. wolfbabe on January 9, 2020 at 11:35 am

    Probably not funny, but I’ve pretty much been fired from most of the jobs I’ve had haha

  36. DeepCupsChan119 on January 9, 2020 at 11:36 am

    In Canada Toronto we only get 2-3 weeks vacation from work like restaurants or office to relax so yeah after my vacation I came back to work my boss gave me vacation paid check like $3400 @-@ working 12 months 1 year

  37. weitzfc1 on January 9, 2020 at 11:36 am

    I don’t take vacations , because I don’t like to.

  38. alex entrepreneur on January 9, 2020 at 11:37 am

    Because if u take vacation u end up fired

  39. David Hibbs on January 9, 2020 at 11:37 am

    I’ve never gotten more than a week off in my entire working life.

  40. alex entrepreneur on January 9, 2020 at 11:41 am

    Let’s just say i can’t retire till im 65 and dead and i wont get social security on top of it cause ill be dead

  41. Henry Phillips on January 9, 2020 at 11:43 am

    If you suddenly gave your citizens 5 weeks paid holiday (completely normal in England) and every citizen took that holiday. Your economy would shrink massively! All those hours lost to vacation. Our culture and economy is based upon citizens having 5 weeks paid holiday. You couldn’t afford to go backwards in terms of work hours your economy is based upon it! basically. America is the land of the free because anyone can make it for themselves. That means you can afford to take 6 months off if you want because you are free and successful. But some people don’t have "it", so they end up with dead beat jobs and pay for the people who do have "it", to take long holidays. Simple maths people. Your free land is for the free. Not for the people who don’t have "it" and rely on jobs for money. That is not the way your country was built remember? You have to make it on your own not rely on someon else who already did. Isn’t that the American dream?

  42. Meghan McNeal on January 9, 2020 at 11:44 am

    I work in America. Luckily, the company I’m with is part of a Union. Fairly cheap health insurance, paid vacation, and the right to get what we are supposed to if, for example, our boss says no (about something we SHOULD be able to do/achieve)we can go to the union and they will make the boss say yes.
    However, I only usually take 1 week off a year. I’m one of those weird people who actually enjoy working. Also, I tend to only take vacation/PH (paid holiday) when I know it’s about to expire, lol. Don’t want to lose the free pay! May not be as good as the pay WHILE I’m working, but it’s still free pay!

  43. C-Linn Degal on January 9, 2020 at 11:46 am

    "why dont you take vacation time off?" she asks? because nobody wants to work it and I get double time and a half. 8-10 hours equal almost half a weeks time- yesss!

  44. Kevin Smith on January 9, 2020 at 11:48 am

    Trash ass country to some extent

  45. Pelt Down Posse on January 9, 2020 at 11:48 am

    Don’t be a puss! Take time off! The older you get…Take some time off! Don’t go on vacation. If you live in Florida…Stay in your backyard! Work hard, then take time off. At least 4 weeks a year of PTO, not including holidays….

  46. jordan sheppard on January 9, 2020 at 11:49 am

    i got points take off 8 days in a year ur fired

  47. S. T. on January 9, 2020 at 11:54 am

    Employees in the USA are modern day slaves. Your employers (and goverment ) are kind of stupid also, because many studies have shown productivity goes up if employees can take time off.

  48. Nicollas e Meu Mundo Animal on January 9, 2020 at 11:55 am

    ever since ive moved to the us years ago, the only thing i do is: work
    every holiday i have to work as well lol
    i feel restless, depressed and stressed out. i dont even have a life out of work… i think is sad how much we have to work compared to other countries. i get 1 week paid vacation but still NOT enought

  49. Gucci Lee on January 9, 2020 at 11:57 am

    LaciGreen is RED HOT. Only reason watch video

  50. M S on January 9, 2020 at 11:57 am

    America is really a joke

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