About 57% of Americans who get vacation time don’t use all of it, most of them because of their heavy workload, according to a Harris Interactive study for JetBlue. And almost 10% of those surveyed reported that the unstable job market — the U.S. unemployment rate was 8.3% in July — made them afraid to take time off.
Those twin concerns are real: Workers heading out on vacation legitimately worry about the work that can pile up while they’re away. They also might feel guilty about leaving work to others who may not do as a good a job. Or maybe they will? Any injured Major League Baseball player knows the rookie brought up from the minor leagues is auditioning for his slot.