HR Strange But True!
August 26, 2010
Which workers around the world put their own health at risk because they feel obligated to work, work, work and seldom take a vacation?  And which workers will take off at the drop of a beret?  Results of a new Reuters/Ipsos worldwide survey probably won’t surprise you.

The survey of 12,500 people in 24 countries found that French workers were the most likely to use up all of their vacation days, while Japanese workers were the least likely to take all their time off. 

A surprise in the survey is that Americans and Canadians take less of their allotted vacations than do Chinese workers. Here’s the list:

Country % Country %
France 89% Italy 66%
Argentina 80% Poland 65%
Hungary 78% China 65%
Great Briton 77% Sweden 63%
Spain 77% Brazil 59%
Saudi Arabia 76% India 59%
Germany 75% Canada 58%
Belgium 74% United States 57%
Turkey 74% South Korean 53%
Indonesia 70 % Australia  47%
Mexico 67% South Africa  46%
Russia  67% Japan 33%

John Wright, senior vice president of global market and opinion research firm Ipsos said that globally, only about two-thirds of workers use up their time. Interestingly, salary level had nothing to do with the results, but age did. More younger people took all their days than those over age 50.



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