Why the vacation-days deficit? Even though studies show that not taking vacations is bad for your health and that workers are more productive when they’ve had a chance to relax and get rejuvenated, we often feel guilty about using vacation days, or don’t feel like we get the support of co-workers or bosses in taking those days or just feel like we’ve got too much work to do.
That might explain why a study by Adecco Staffing, outlined here, shows that 27 percent of workers claim they are taking a sick day when they are actually using a vacation day, and 26 percent use bereavement days in the same way. Co-workers are sympathetic if you’re sick in bed or attending a funeral, but resentful and jealous if you take a long weekend getaway.
Whatever reasons might be leading you to leave vacation days on the table, just remind yourself -- and your boss and co-workers -- that taking vacation days will lead to you taking fewer sick days, real or faked, and make you a more productive worker on the days you are there.