Herr Oberst (herr_0berst) wrote,
Herr Oberst
herr_0berst

о трудовой этике в англо-протестантской культуре

Достаточно широко известно, что на законодательном уровне для трудящихся в США оплачиваемый отпуск непредусмотрен. Также достаточно широко известно, что многие работодатели его тем не менее предоставлят, вкупе с другими элементами социального пакета и в рамках некого, надо полагать, пережитка старины.

Везде, где я работал вне мира академической науки, отпуск предоставлялся -- три недели как минимум, с выслугой лет и повышением в должности -- до четырёх. Мои личные наблюдения за коллегами, однако, показали, что реально многие из них используют далеко не весь положенный им отпуск. Я долгое время списывал этот эмпирический факт на всевозможные специфики выборки, а тут, поди ж ты, среднее по больнице:
Average U.S. Employee Only Takes Half of Earned Vacation Time; Glassdoor Employment Confidence Survey (Q1 2014)
April 03, 2014 | [ via GlassDoor]

While the U.S. government, under the Fair Labor Standards Act, does not currently require employers to grant employees paid time off, employees who do earn vacation time may need a reminder to actually take it. According to Glassdoor’s Q1 2014 Employment Confidence Survey, the average U.S. employee (of those who receive vacation/paid time off) only takes half (51%) of his or her eligible vacation time/paid time off. In addition, when employees do take paid time off, three in five (61%) admit doing some work.


Each quarter, the Glassdoor Employment Confidence Survey monitors four key indicators of employment confidence: salary expectations, job security, the job market and company outlook. This quarter’s survey also took a look at employee vacation time, including the percentage of eligible vacation time/paid time off employees actually take, how much they work and why while on vacation, among other realities.

Employee Vacation Realities

While most employees may be using at least some of their earned vacation time, three in four (75%) are not taking all of it. Among employees who receive vacation and/or paid time off, 85% report taking at least some time off in the past 12 months while 15% report taking no vacation/paid time off. In fact, one in four (25%) report taking 100% of their eligible time off. Two in five (40%) employees report taking 25% or less of their eligible time off. Check out this breakout of how much vacation time emplyoees are actually taking:

VacationBreakdown Q1 14

Plus, when employees are out of the office on vacation, that doesn’t necessarily mean they’re catching up on rest and relaxation. Of employees who took vacation in the past 12 months, one in 10 (11%) report they used vacation/paid time off to interview for another job. Employees 18-34 years old are doing this more than any other age group, as one in five (20%) admit using vacation/paid time off to interview for another job.

So why are employees working while on vacation? Of those who report working while on vacation, they say they do so because:

  • 33% No one else at my company can do the work
  • 28% Fear of getting behind
  • 22% Complete dedication to company
  • 19% Want a promotion
  • 19% Feel like they can’t be disconnected
  • 18% Want a pay raise
  • 17% Afraid of not meeting goals
  • 17% Fear of losing job
  • 16% Believe working is better than not working
  • 13% Want to outperform colleagues
  • 6% Afraid of the boss

However, once employees actually do step away to take their earned vacation time/paid time off, not all are able to fully disconnect from work. Here’s what they report happens while working on vacation:

  • 24% Were contacted by co-workers about a work-related matter
  • 20% Were contacted by their boss about a work-related matter
  • 17% Report having a difficult time not thinking about work
  • 9% Report family members complained they were working
  • 6% Admit consuming alcohol while attending to work
Tags: apa, job, panoptikos, popculture, stats, usa
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