Vacation shaming remains a problem at work

A view of Handelskade in Willemstad, Curaçao, on March 4, 2017. (Photo by Todd DeFeo/The DeFeo Groupe)

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. ( — Nearly half of American workers (49 percent) say they feel vacation shamed at work.

By that, they are made to feel shame or guilt by co-workers for taking a vacation, the 2016 Alamo Family Vacation Survey revealed.

Oddly, employed millennials this year said they are more likely to feel vacation shamed. More than two-thirds of employed millennials (68 percent) reported the sensation, up from 59 percent.

“Our research shows roughly one in four U.S. workers say the biggest benefit of vacation is feeling less stressed at work — yet, the majority still choose to limit their vacation days and forgo some much-needed rest and relaxation,” Rob Connors, vice president of brand marketing for Alamo Rent A Car, said in a news release. “This year’s survey suggests that American workers are putting a lot of pressure on themselves in workplaces when it comes to planning and taking vacations, especially in vacation-shaming environments.”

The survey found some weird facts about millennials. The age bracket is:

  • The least likely age group to say they used all their vacation days (60 percent vs. 49 percent)
  • The most likely age group to say feeling shame would keep them from going on or planning a vacation (40 percent vs. 17 percent)
  • The most likely age group to feel the need to justify to their employer why they’re using their vacation days (46 percent vs. 23 percent)

And, if anyone needs another reason to dislike millennials, the group is more likely than non-millennials to say they vacation shame their co-workers (33 percent vs. 14 percent).

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