Americans Take Less Vacation Time than Most of the Developed World

The chart below from the Center for Economics and Policy Research confirms what many domestic workers already know: Americans are workaholics. This story from The Atlantic looks at mandatory vacation policies, hourly workweeks and overall job satisfaction across the developed world to see how Americans compare to their international counterparts. The article found some really interesting trends that show how other countries value time-off: Receiving a check from the government for a paid vacation (the Netherlands), getting an average of 35 days off a year (Spain) and making time for “interesting conversation” (France) are examples of how serious European countries take time off. The good news for Americans is that despite the positive effect that a regular vacation can have on overall happiness, researchers have found no correlation between job satisfaction and vacation time. Despite the low number of days off, 73 percent of Americans are very satisfied with their jobs …


Chris Rouse


Chris Rouse commented…

Similar article that goes into much more detail about shorter workweeks and more vacation from Fast Company that was published yesterday:

Caleb Thal


Caleb Thal commented…

I lived in Australia for six months and was amazed at how they treated work! Shops closed earlier, people worked less each day. Of course, it was frustrating at first when businesses (or even coffee shops!) would close as early as 4pm, but I really learned to enjoy it!

Jonathan Yoo


Jonathan Yoo commented…

Where is South Korea? SK is a OECD nation...I guess cause there's no negative in the graph. Try work overtime 5+ hours everyday and weekends and on public holidays without overtime pay.

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