Americans can't stop, won't stop working

BTN11: Americans won't stop working

Americans are taking less vacation and more work home. Some are even working this Labor Day.

The ignore-vacation trend has been more than 15 years in the making, Project Time Off reports. And, when workers do leave the office, they can’t unplug. Thirty-five percent of employed online adults say the Internet, email and cell phones have increased the amount of time they spend working, according to the Pew Research Center.

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Don’t use vacation days: 41% of Americans didn’t take a single vacation day in 2015, according to a Skift survey. Fifty-five percent of Americans didn’t use all of their vacation days in 2015, according to a recent Project Time Off study.

Work holidays: More than one-third of employers require employees to work on Thanksgiving, according to a 2015 Bloomberg BNA survey. Nearly two in five organizations (39%) will require some employees to work Christmas or New Year's, BNA reports. And, this weekend, 41% of employers will have some staff working on Labor Day.

Aren't being paid much more: Data from the Economic Policy Institute published last year shows while workers produce more, pay isn't increasing at the same rate. Middle class wages are stagnant and wages of young college grads have been declining since 200, the report says.

Can’t take paid family leave: Unlike nearly all countries around the world, the U.S. also offers no paid leave for parents, as visible in a map by World Policy Center. New Zealand, France, Spain and Russia are among countries to offer at least 14 weeks of maternity leave paid in full. The Family Medical Leave Act, gives 12 weeks job-protected unpaid leave, but many workers don't qualify for that.

Are worried about their future: About a quarter of Americans feel that corporate budget cuts/corporate restructuring will limit their job growth potential over the next five years, according to a Labor Day Job Growth Survey published this year.

Aren’t the only ones: Despite American’s worth ethic, the USA isn’t the most overworked country. Turkey tops that list, with Mexico not far behind, according to the Organisation for Economic Co‑operation and Development. The U.S. (where workers average about 34.4 hours per week) doesn't even make the top five. In 2014, the U.S. came in at No. 16.


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