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Ask A Manager

Why workers avoid taking time off

by Candace Manriquez Wrenn Jul 18, 2019
Ask a Manager's Alison Green is back answering questions about life at work.
Beachgoers take in the sun at a beach on the Baltic Sea in Sellin, Germany.
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Workplace Culture

American workers can suffer vacation guilt ... if they take vacations at all

by Meghan McCarty Carino Jul 12, 2019
Many vacation days are left untaken or spent tethered to devices.
Fewer than half of U.S. workers use their vacation days, a U.S. Travel Association survey says. Above, tourists sunbathe on the Magaluf beach in Mallorca.
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A growing number of travel businesses ask people to ditch their cellphones

by Renata Sago Jan 3, 2019
It's about being present in the moment.
Cell phones are competition for an industry whose product is creating experiences for people to enjoy in the here and now, says Art Markman, University of Texas at Austin psychologist.
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Labor Day, meh? You’re not alone

by Renata Sago Sep 3, 2018
Now that classes start mid-August for many schools in the United States, Labor Day weekend is less of a “Goodbye, sweet summer!” thing. Even the AAA has stopped predicting a traveler’s forecast. Click the audio player above to hear the…
People head for trains in Grand Central Terminal as thousands of New Yorkers depart the city for Labor Day weekend on September 1, 2017 in New York City. One of the busiest travel days of the year, roads and trains are often packed to capacity as people look to enjoy the last summer weekend. 
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Ask A Manager

How to get the vacation you deserve

by Marketplace Weekend Staff Jun 29, 2018
Ask a Manager's Alison Green explains how to plan for time off.
Comedian Hugh Lloyd and his wife, Carol, prepare to go to Australia in 1969.
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Ask a Manager: Get me my vacation!

by Marketplace Weekend Staff Jun 19, 2018
Ask us all your questions about getting your vacation time and using it well.
Maybe your dream vacation spot is in Cyprus, like for this sunbathing couple.
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Do you plan on doing any work during the last week of December?

by Jana Kasperkevic Dec 18, 2017
If so, you might be one of the few.
Few U.S. workers spend the week between Christmas and New Year hard at work. 
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Been vacation shamed? It's on the rise

by Aaron Schrank Sep 4, 2017
Millennials, who had a hard time finding jobs during the recession, are the least likely to take days off, a travel survey says.
Fewer than half of U.S. workers use their vacation days, a U.S. Travel Association survey says. Above, tourists sunbathe on the Magaluf beach in Mallorca.
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Why Americans should be taking more vacations

by Kai Ryssdal and Emily Henderson Jun 20, 2017
'There's a lot of work to be done' in office culture to make it OK to take time off, the Travel and Leisure editor tells us.
“The No. 1 reason actually why people don't take vacation days is that they're worried about the mountain of work that they're going to come back to,” says Nathan Lump, Travel and Leisure's editor-in-chief.
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The cost of summer child care

by Marketplace Weekend Staff Jun 16, 2017
How does your family make things work during the long break from school?
Swim instructor Jessica Raya assists Derek Muniz, 4, as he works on using his hands and feet at the same time during a class Monday at Thomas Pool in Fort Hood, TX. 
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