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Less Than Half of U.S. Workers Use All Their Vacation Days

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Upper-income workers and those with a bachelor's degree or more are more likely to take less time off than is offered.

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Only 48% of U.S. workers say they use all their vacation days, according to a Pew Research Center survey. Those who don't take all their time off say it's because they don't need it, or they worry about falling behind at work or feel badly about co-workers carrying their load. A few even think vacation time hurts their chances for promotions or could cost them their job.

The rise of remote work has also contributed to people taking less time off, according to Paaras Parker, chief human resources officer at Paycor. But the biggest thing that keeps most Americans from taking an extended break is simply "fear," she says.

"U.S. employees have been conditioned to believe if you aren't at work, you are lazy or at risk of being replaced," says Christy Pruitt-Haynes, global head of talent and performance at NeuroLeadership Institute. "We also have been taught that to get more you have to work more. We tend to prioritize active work over other things in our life."

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