U.S. companies may be touting “unlimited vacation” policies and expanding paid leave benefits to attract younger workers. But just before the long weekend kickoff to summer, two new surveys show that plenty of U.S. workers still don’t feel they can use all that time they’re offered — as well as an unsettling gender divide between how young women and young men take advantage of the time off they’ve earned.
First, the good news: According to a survey of 7,331 Americans by Project: Time Off, an initiative of the U.S. Travel Association, people are reporting that they’re taking a little more time away. The survey, released Tuesday, showed that vacation use rose to an average of 16.8 days per worker, up from 16.2 days the year before and that for the second year in a row, vacation use had climbed slightly since it began tumbling around the year 2000.
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