Did you know that the average employee in the United States is only granted 10 days of paid time off—and only after one full year of employment?
Since you’re probably living that sad reality, I’d be willing to bet your answer is ‘yes.’
But, did you also know that the United States is the ONLY developed nation that doesn’t have a legal minimum requirement for PTO days granted to employees each year?
That’s right. While the rest of the developed world rests with a healthy 20-45 days of vacation per employee, we get a measly 10 days.
And even worse? 75% of Americans don’t even use all of our allotted days off!
Why? Because we are pressured into working nonstop and never letting up.
Here’s the thing though—it doesn’t make us more productive. We’re actually ranked pretty far behind a number of countries in annual productivity.
Today, I want to share the PTO secret your boss doesn’t want you to know, and I can tell you that once you know the truth, you’ll never worry about work again.
This is the biggest con of them all when it comes to work. We all know that the rat-race is an endless cycle of stress, but does it have to be that way?
Turns out, it doesn’t.
Why? Because we can all take a few weeks off every year, and as a result, our productivity will actually increase.
Now the thing is, employers in the States are likely to throw this out as false, but it’s been proven over and over again.
Companies feel like their giving away money when they pay you not to be in the office, and because of that short-term thinking, they miss out on the huge long-term profits of giving employees a break now and again.
The United States, despite having the lowest number of vacation days, the highest number of hours logged for workers, and the highest levels of work-related stress, is ranked below countries like France, Germany, and even little Luxembourg for annual worker productivity.
In France, workers average a minimum of 30 vacation days each year, and in Germany the minimum is 20. In Luxembourg, the average is about 25 days a year, and it’s a whopping 27% more efficient than the United States.
How’s that for convincing statistics?
You might be wondering how this is possible. How are countries offering an entire month off to every employee, and still managing to be MORE productive than one of the biggest world powers in history?
The answer is actually pretty simple. First, according to a number of studies, vacation relieves stress, which increases productivity upon returning to work.
But that isn’t the biggest cause for the productivity boost.
In fact, the biggest reason vacation time makes workers more productive is because it limits the amount of time that employees have to be UNproductive.
It’s estimated that the United States loses billions of dollars each year due to employee distractions and slower than expected work ethic. But if you take away the extra amount of time workers have to reach a deadline, it turns out the result is fast and efficient working.
According to one study, workers in countries with more paid vacation days were more likely to work at a faster pace, have higher quality focus, and feel more impatient to get things done in a timely manner.
In other words, cutting down on vacation time doesn’t mean more profits for companies, it just means more workers twiddling their thumbs and dreaming of vacation, or working until they snap.
But YOU know better. You know that you can take three weeks to tour the country, or go on a tropical cruise, or just rest for a little while, and your work won’t suffer for it.
YOU know that you’ll actually be a better employee if you have the time to recharge and the pressing deadlines to make you work hard when you are in the office.
Prove this to your boss, and you’ll never have to worry about your level of productivity again.
You’ll be too busy getting work done and taking well deserved breaks to ever let the office stress you out!