Vacation Time Recharges U.S. Workers
When working adults return to work after a vacation, 68% said their mood is more positive, 66% said they have more energy, 57% said they have more motivation, and 57% feel less stressed, according to a survey of 1,512 employed U.S. adults by the American Psychological Association. Another 58% said they were more
productive, and 55% said their work quality was better.
However, while on vacation, 21% percent said they feel tense or stressed out, and 42% dread returning to work. About 24% of working adults said the positive effects of vacation time, such as more energy and feeling less stress, disappear immediately upon returning to work, and 40% said the benefits last only a few days. The survey also found that just 41% said their company’s culture encourages employees to take time off, and 38% said their supervisor encourages the same.
However, research finds that when an organization’s culture encourages time off, employees are more likely to benefit from vacation time and see those benefits last longer.
“When stress levels spike again shortly after employees return to work, that’s bad for workers and for business,” said David W. Ballard, head of APA’s Center for Organizational Excellence.