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More Than a Quarter of Workers Will Take Less Time Off This Summer

The COVID-19 crisis is one thing, but what happens as we begin go open up states and start thinking about travel? With summer just around the corner, many business professionals plan to keep their nose to the grindstone, according to new research from global staffing firm Robert Half in a survey of more than 1,000 U.S. office workers.

New research from Robert Half reveals how employees are changing their summer vacation plans due to the pandemic: 28 percent anticipate taking fewer days off in the summer months compared with last year because of COVID-19; 16 percent are taking more time off; 37 percent will save their vacation time for later in the year, hopefully to travel; 14 percent won't be logging off because they have too much work to do; 22 percent would like to take a vacation but are tightening their belts due to the pandemic; 20 percent will take days off for self-care and mental health.

While one-quarter of workers (25 percent) reported their employer or manager has encouraged them to take time off since the pandemic began, 66 percent said there has been no communication about using vacation days. Another 9 percent revealed they have been discouraged from taking time off from work.

"Teams are running lean, and employees have more on their plates," said Paul McDonald, senior executive director of Robert Half. "Staff may feel inclined to save vacation time for when their workloads lighten and they can travel with greater ease. But now more than ever, it's crucial to carve out time to rest, reset and recharge.”

"Many professionals are grappling with heightened career, financial and health concerns brought on by the pandemic,” McDonald added. “Managers should encourage employees to fully disconnect from work to focus on themselves and family and avoid burnout. This may require employers to be more flexible with deadlines or bring in extra support to cover for staff who are taking time off."

This online survey was developed by Robert Half and conducted by an independent research firm from May 14-19, 2020. It includes responses from more than 1,000 workers 18 years of age or older and normally employed in office environments in the United States. For more information, visit www.roberthalf.com.

Wriiten by James Shillinglaw.