From the intersection of fear and greed … these stats are skewed!
Survey says that American workers are taking two days less vacation time then they did last year. Employers also are offering two days less of it, as it is down to 12 days from 14 compared to the previous year. Fear of getting axed and being overworked were the most frequent reasons respondents offered for taking less time off. People also indicated they were proud that they took less time off, punishing themselves, in a manner of speaking.
However, "vacation isn't a luxury," said Williams. Nor is it simply time you're "taking" from your employer. She said it allows you to "replenish, get more creative, and more able to produce." Sure you're out of pocket in the short-term, but in the long run it's better for your employer, and your career.