Why Taking Your Vacation Days is Necessary

Photo by Yoox

Photo by Yoox

There’s a common misconception in American office culture that those who work the longest hours are the hardest working employees. Too often than not, vacation is seen as a luxury, instead of a right, and it's made it so that few full time working Americans are taking time-off.

In 2014, 42% of working Americans didn't take a single vacation day. NOT ONE. In 2013, Americans collectively squandered 169 million vacation days. A pattern that is taking its toll on workers, proving to have a negative ripple effect on employee mental health, productivity, even the economy. The United States is the only developed country in the world without a single legally required paid vacation day or holiday. By law, every country in the European Union has at least four work weeks of paid vacation. However, in a measure of labor productivity — GDP per hour worked — the U.S. is only marginally better than Germany and France, both developed countries that guarantee among the most vacation time.

Taking your vacation days is necessary. So don't be scared to ask (put those requests in writing now!).

"Studies have shown that the respite effects of a vacation can increase productivity, concentration, and creativity, by as much as 80 percent."  

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Of course, there’s always going to be work to do and it might never feel like a good time to go, but you simply need to get ahead and make sure your teammates and clients are prepared for your absence. You need to be able to take breaks + treat yo self. 

Today, there are even companies offering bonuses to employees who use their vacation days. (Sounds like a dream, right?) Speaking of a dream, we’re sharing swoon-worthy vacation looks from our friends at YOOX. They’re celebrating their birthday and have some hot offers to make your next tropical trip or summer staycation on point.


The great thing about the sun? You can enjoy it anywhere. Plus, it makes you feel HAPPY. Currently crushing on these swimsuits for our next poolside PTO.


Sometimes, you just need a post up on a tropical island + unplug from the mainland madness.

YOOX is giving away amazing prizes through a contest on yoox.com. Shoppers will be asked to spin a virtual wheel on YOOX to win a voucher to shop the site. Winners will be chosen every day until June 21st!

Those who don’t win will still receive the deal of the day (a different offer on a different product category every day).

What are your summer PTO plans? Sound off in the comments!