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Your Two Cents: Do You Use All of Your Vacation Days?

Only a handful of my friends actually use all of their vacation time, and I admire their ability to do so without feeling guilty. In a culture that promotes around-the-clock availability, it seems unusual that workers take all of the vacation time they've earned. Do you usually use all of the time off that you've accumulated or do you find it difficult to get away?

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uptown_girl uptown_girl 8 years
At my level (>5 years) I get 10 days vacation, 10 days sick time (doctor's appointments count as sick time, in hourly increments), and I think 40 hours of optional time. I can roll over half of my vacation days, but the optional time & sick days get lost if not used. I plan on using all my optional time, and at least 5 of my vacation time. I hope to roll over 5 of my days, so that next year I'll have 15 days & maybe take an overseas trip! There's also possibility I could be getting married next year (we've talked about it), so it would be nice to have extra time to take off. Oh, and my job give you two days off if you get married & I think two days off if you move (but you only get the days one a year, you can't move like 3x a year & get two days each time). We have a pretty good vacation policy!
aylee aylee 8 years
I definitely use most of them for long vacations (not necessarily to go away). I always leave a few days in the bank for those random days that I need a break.
oliveoyle625 oliveoyle625 8 years
I usually don't and what's worse is that we don't get paid out for them if we don't use them and they do not roll over.
tlight tlight 8 years
I do. I worked for a few years on contract and had no vacation. The environment was mentally and emotionally stressful, and it often led to me getting sick and being forced to take time off, unpaid. Now that I am at a job with paid vacation time, I take it both when I want it, and when I need it. Nothing beats waking up when your alarm SHOULD be going off, and being able to roll over and go back to sleep, jest because you can.
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
no - and it really bugs me too. i used to never geta chance to use my days and i would lose them since i don't get them paid out. now i do my best to use them - but sometimes it's just hard. right now at my agency we get 3 weeks which is FANTASTIC - but i had roll over days from last year and now i'm still playing catch up .
SummerFlirts SummerFlirts 8 years
I just started my job, so I don't really have any right now.
sugsug sugsug 8 years
I only get 10 days off of sick and vacay days so I end up taking unpaid time off. My husband's family and mine live out of state, which leaves us without "real" vacations...
TheMissus TheMissus 8 years
I currently get five weeks a year of vacation... And you bet I use every single one of those days. Company policy is "use it or lose it." So I HAVE to take them all by December 31st.
mondaymoos mondaymoos 8 years
Hells yes I take my vacation! I'd go crazy without them!
Martini-Rossi Martini-Rossi 8 years
hell yea! lol
vouninou vouninou 8 years
I always use all my vacation days. I have 4 weeks ... I take 2 during the summer, some days around Christmas and the remaining are taken randomly when I need it. At my job, we also have 10 days (think about it, that make 2 weeks ... I love that advantage) where we can call sick. I usually use them for medical appointments or just when I feel like I need to rest for a day. I deeply believe that no one is essential enough to be unable to take vacation. Plus, I think I'm really more efficient if I take random days or half days (even if I'm on a rush) and come back in good shape instead of working until being exhausted.
nv27 nv27 8 years
I have a hard time taking off so I usually cash out. My bf forced me to take a week off by myself because things have been so crazy at work lately and it was the best thing Ive ever done for my sanity. It was so nice jus to be away for a minute! From now on I'll use my vacation days, theyre so worth it, and I earned 'em right?
rannew rannew 8 years
I've either always used them or got paid out for them when I left a job.
WhatTheFrockBlog WhatTheFrockBlog 8 years
Hell yes, I take them all and I don't even feel one teensy bit guilty. That's what they give them to us for.
blu-eyes blu-eyes 8 years
I use too many days here and there for stupid things, to add up to anything worthwhile. I have about 51 hours right now, which means 7 days. HMMM, I feel a 3 day vaca coming on:)
fabulouslady87 fabulouslady87 8 years
If I had vacation days I would totally use them, but part time workers don't get to enjoy that luxury!
codewhiz codewhiz 8 years
Like graduatedsqueaks, I'm saving up my vacation days so that by the time my job ends, I will be paid for 10 unused vacation days.
supercoolnat supercoolnat 8 years
Wow, I definitely need a vacation. Can't even manage to spell it correctly.
supercoolnat supercoolnat 8 years
yes, yes, yes! Bacation days are what keep me going, even those random one day-ers.
insanitypepper insanitypepper 8 years
I save up my vacation time. I can't afford to go anywhere, and if I get let go later this year (it's a harsh economy) I'll get paid for that time. I definitely use up all my sick time, though.
imLissy imLissy 8 years
we're forced to
MsWalton MsWalton 8 years
At my job, we get 4 hours of annual leave every pay period. So, I refuse to take a traditional vacation (1-2 weeks off) and instead just take random days off. I call them "mental health days." LOL
sfbutterfly24 sfbutterfly24 8 years
I use my vacation days and random days but right now I am storing them all up so I can take almost 3 weeks off to go to Europe!!!! OMFG I cannot wait until then!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
graduatedsqueaks graduatedsqueaks 8 years
At my last job, I carried over the maximum number of vacation days, and used up the rest. It worked out in my favor when I got laid off, and they paid me for my unused vacation days.
Renees3 Renees3 8 years
I've been saving it for a while and the month of Aug is going to RULE! 2 weeks full vacation (in hawaii) then 2 weeks of half days! Ohhh i love it
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