According to a survey conducted across 19 countries, India came on top of the chart as the most vacation deprived country in the world.
All work and no play makes Raj a dull boy. But when Raj feels like he needs a break, like the annual holiday to which he's entitled, he'd have to ask his supervisor for approval. That comes at the risk of not being seen as dedicated to the job or even worse, not loyal to the company.
Does Raj's predicament sound familiar? Maybe you have a workplace environment like that, or even more intense, given that the Raj in this scenario is from India, which according to Expedia's vacation deprivation survey is the most divested nation in the world when it comes to taking a holiday. The report cites that 75 percent of Indians believe they're vacation-deprived, with South Korea at 72 percent and Hong Kong close behind at 69 percent.
In terms of not using up available vacations days, India is fifth in the world, after Japan, Italy, Australia, and New Zealand. A further breakdown of India's numbers reveals that roughly a third of workers don't go on vacations for as much in a year, while only three percent try to do a vacation getaway monthly.
The results, put together by Northstar Research Partners, were based on responses made in September by more than 11,000 adults in the workforce in 19 countries. In 2017, the same survey had 60 percent of Indians feeling they were vacation-deprived.
Although findings reveal that 78 percent of employees supported employees taking vacations, many respondents don't leave the office for an extended getaway for fear of being away from the front lines, especially with important decisions being made at work. Others cited that perceptions related to a level of commitment were also a barrier, while more couldn't synchronize their time off with their spouses or partners.
But for those who do go on vacation, many of them feel like they're not able to disconnect fully while away. There's the fear of experiencing a massive workload accumulation that has to be dealt with when they return. And then there are the annoying calls from work, which were also handily broken down in the Expedia findings. Those who bothered vacationing colleagues included co-workers (34 percent), junior staff (33 percent) and supervisors (32 percent).
All of which adds to a workforce that continues to be stressed out, unhappy and unproductive. Best solution? give Raj a break!