Americans are bad at taking vacation days. That’s a fact. But if the reason you don’t use your vacation days is because you think it’ll help your career if you’re there every single day, it’s exactly the opposite.
A new survey by Project: Timeoff found that you’re more likely to get a raise or a bonus if you take at least 11 vacation days a year. Maybe everyone at your job sees how terrible it is without you and they realize they need to pay you more to keep you around?
Here are a few more results from the survey:
1. The main reason people pass on taking vacations is they hate the mountain of work that’s waiting for them when they get back.
2. 58% say their boss isn’t very supportive of them taking vacation time.
3. And the average person took 20 vacation days a year between 1976 and 2000, but that’s down to 16 vacation days a year today.