Sacramento residents are leaving vacation on the table when the year ends, a habit that is not good for business, according to a nonprofit travel group.
The city ranks 14th nationally in terms of not using all the vacation earned. Sacramento workers leave 55 percent of their vacation time unused, according to the report “Under-Vacationed America.”
The findings from the project: Time Off looks at vacation behavior for all 50 states and the 30 largest metropolitan areas. Not taking time off saps a worker of needed rest time, thereby affecting worker productivity.
A total of 61 percent of California workers left vacation days unused in 2016, which is higher than the national average of 54 percent. The state placed 13th nationally in terms of not using time earned.
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“This growing stockpile of unused paid leave threatens workers’ productivity, creativity and energy, directly affecting not only the bottom line of California businesses, but also the state’s economic vitality,” said Caroline Beteta, president of Visit California.
Three cities in the state made the top 10 of workers leaving vacation unused. San Francisco was second nationally with 62 percent complaining that if they went on vacation, the work would be piled up upon return. Los Angeles was fourth with employees saying they have a greater fear of what the boss would think if they vacationed.
Riverside-San Bernardino was seventh nationally. Workers there are more likely than average to feel nobody else can fill in for them if they vacation.
The top state for leaving vacation time unused is Idaho with 78 percent of its workers leaving time on the books last year. Idaho workers particularly feel that they have to show a lot of dedication to their job and that their company culture does not foster time off.
The state where vacation is used most is Maine, where workers don’t worry as much about losing a raise or promotion.
Washington, D.C., tops the list of cities where vacation is unused. Government workers, such as the thousands in the nation’s capitol, have more generous roll-over policies than average, the report said.
The vacation roll-over policies allow for workers to not use vacation in a calendar year, but also not lose it.
Pittsburgh is the city where residents love to get away from the daily grind. They are less likely than average to worry about feeling guilty for getting away.
Top five reasons why Sacramento residents stop taking time off are:
1. Fear of returning to a mountain of work (41 percent)
2. It becomes harder to take time off as you grow within the company (38 percent)
3. Believing that no one can do the work that you do (34 percent)
4. Desire to show dedication (31 percent)
5. Cannot afford a vacation (24 percent)
Source: Under-Vacationed America report