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Lack of paid vacations could have negative impact in tourist areas

Vacationers on Brighton beach on July 23, 2014 in Brighton, England.
Vacationers on Brighton beach on July 23, 2014 in Brighton, England.
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Paid vacations are available to fewer people according to figures released by the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics. They report that in 2012 only 77% of private-sector workers receive paid vacations. This is a 5% reduction in the number of employees with access to the vacations from a decade earlier.

At the same time employees are being offered paid time off (PTO) instead of specifically being offered vacation time. reports that between 2002 and 2010 PTO as 43% increase more companies shifted from the standard sick time/vacation time model.

In another interesting vacation trend, of those that do take a vacation 30% will keep contact with their offices during their time of according to a survey done by

PTO is a mechanism used mostly by contemporary managed companies as it shifts the scheduling responsibility to employees. Under PTO employees can take time off for important personal needs without having to call-in faking an illness. Contemporary managers believe that employees can be empowered to work their schedule in cooperation with their coworkers if they are aware of their importance to the shared vision and mission of their organization.

2014 Max Impact, used with permission.

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