Survey: Bosses take more vacation time than their team

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It’s hard to find anyone who doesn’t think a vacation is a good thing. Beyond getting to explore different parts of the country or the world, vacations have been shown to improve mental health, prevent job burnout and even enhance creativity. Yet if you’re guilty of ending the year without using most of your vacation days, you’re not alone — at least among your peers. Your boss, however, might be a different story.

According to a new CareerBuilder survey, 81 percent of managers have taken or plan to take vacation this year, compared with 65 percent of full-time employees. While the employee number is up from 61 percent in 2011, the number of vacationers did fall well below pre-financial-crisis levels. In 2007, 80 percent of full-time workers went on vacation or expected to take a vacation that year.   

Take a look at the infographic below for more vacation statistics. Don’t worry about getting caught reading this instead of working — chances are your boss is on vacation anyway.

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  1. Bosses are more likely than their employees to take a vacation this summer, new research has found. In that research, 81 percent of managers said they were likely to take a vacation this summer while just 65 percent of workers were planning a summer getaway this year.

  2. This is so sad! manager have to lead through example.  As an HR & Training manager I never left the office before my employees.  You need to set the example to gain their respect.  however I have seen in other departments this is a common practice

  3. I agree that you have to lead by example and in most jobs there is not room for advancement. So, basically, you have to do whatever it takes to keep them there understanding they will never advance. In our company anyone as the opportunity to advance to branch management so, I want them to want my career. It is important to show that if you work really hard, you will be rewarded! I did not bust my butt in entry level to get promoted to have entry level salary and vacation. I busted my butt to have upper management salary and vacation!

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