A recent study indicates that a third of German workers leave part or all of their vacation time on the table, with most of those skipping time off giving fear of losing a job as the reason.
They're not alone, of course...51% of U.S. workers and over 70% in China also take no vacation or less than they're entitled to, and usually the same reason—plus not having the money to afford more vacation—are given.
The German study also found that willingness to take full vacation varies a lot with occupation. Not surprisingly, those with low-wage cleaning jobs or with building trades jobs that are not steady, have the highest percentage of stay-at-works, 47 and 45% respectively. But 41% of civil servants also gave up time.
For more information on the subject from TheLocal.de, click HERE or for information on China and the US, click HERE
German construction workers: among the most likely to pass up earned vacation time (Photo by Johann H. Addicks / Wikimedia)i