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05/25/2011

Can You Afford to Take a Vacation?

 
Afford-Vacation

Memorial Day weekend and summer vacations are on the way, but a recent study from CareerBuilder shows that the state of the economy combined with demanding work schedules has workers wondering if they can afford to take vacation time.

Twenty-four percent of full-time workers reported they can't afford to take a vacation in 2011, up from 21 percent last year. 

Another 12 percent reported they can afford a vacation, but don't have plans to take one this year. More than 5,600 workers participated in the nationwide study, which was conducted from February 21 to March 10, 2011. 

The majority of workers are still planning some time away from work, but three-in-ten plan to take the office with them on vacation.  Thirty percent reported they will contact work while on vacation, up from 25 percent last year.  

As the economy heals, more than one-third (36%) of workers reported that they feel more comfortable taking a vacation than they did in 2010. 

One-in-four (26%) are planning a vacation of 7 to 10 days while 11 percent expect to be gone 2 weeks or longer.  Twenty-four percent are planning for 3 to 5 days or a weekend getaway.

CareerBuilder offers some tips to make the most of your vacation time:

Give plenty of notice – 24 percent of workers reported they have had to work while their family went on vacation without them.  Coordinate schedules with family and friends and co-workers as early in advance as possible, so you can plan vacations before/after big projects and events.

Don't take a guilt trip – 12 percent of workers reported they feel guilty that they're not at work while they're on vacation.  Your vacation benefits are there for a reason.  Enjoy yourself.  The work will still be there when you return.

Ask about discounts – Many employers offer discounts on personal entertainment and travel for employees that may make vacation plans more affordable.  Check out the company intranet or contact HR for more information.

Make sure you're covered – Buddy up with other co-workers to cross-train one another on responsibilities, upcoming deadlines, key contacts, where information is stored, etc.  If your company may need to contact you for something while on vacation, make sure to set parameters on when you'll be available and stick to them.

Use 'em or lose 'em– 16 percent of workers reported they gave up vacation days in 2010 because they didn't have time to use them.  If you can't take a number of days at once, consider taking a day here and there for extended weekends or mid-week breaks.  

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Visit our website today to learn about the design flexibility of a Morton building and the endless possibilities of partnering with our designBUILD team.


Wood construction is both cost and energy efficient. Check out Morton Buildings and our designBUILD team online today to discover all the benefits of post-frame construction.


When choosing a metal-clad building for your next construction project, consider Morton Buildings, Inc., and their designBUILD team, we’ll make your dream a reality.

We Can Help You Reduce Energy by 30%

Our mission is to help our customers manage their buildings' energy costs, improve reliability, and enhance performance while having a positive impact on the environment.
CLICK HERE to find out how.

Mitsubishi Electric Cooling & Heating’s new H2i R2-Series heat pumps provide year-round comfort, even in extreme climates. With 100% heating capacity down to 0° F outdoor ambient and simultaneous heating and cooling down to -4° F, our hyper-heating systems bring highly responsive multi-zone comfort to your projects, regardless of climate zone.

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