Vacation time

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Wed, 11-20-2013 - 7:19am

Interesting article on vacation time.

http://gma.yahoo.com/french-most-vacation-feel-least-satisfied-110639121--abc-news-travel.html

The bottom line is that many Americans do not take their earned vacation time.

In my experience of both myself and people that I know is most that have  set use or loose vacation time generally use it.

How much vacation time I have at the end of the year determines my last work day for the year,. If I do not use a vacation day then I am basically working for free.

Those who vacation time can carry over and or they can sell that vacation time back generally do not take all of thier time. They save it for "what ifs" or extra income.

That worked very well for DH this year.  Because he had so much accrued time he was able to take a lot of time off for family issues this week and still has enough to be off all of this week and all of Chistmas week. 

  

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Wed, 11-20-2013 - 8:16am
Funny about the French, but also rather shocking that Americans only get 2 weeks on average.
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Wed, 11-20-2013 - 8:50am

rollmops2009 wrote:
Funny about the French, but also rather shocking that Americans only get 2 weeks on average.

I find it rather shocking that for years now, the unemployment rate in Greece is higher than that of the United States during the Great Depression.

http://ca.finance.yahoo.com/news/greek-unemployment-rate-27-3-per-cent-august-105030789.html

Greece's unemployment rate is expected to climb to 30% by 2015.  Since Greece's recession began in 2008, it has relied on international (read: United States and Germany) rescue loans of $322 billion.

http://ca.finance.yahoo.com/news/greek-unemployment-rate-27-3-per-cent-august-105030789.html

Talk about an extended vacation.

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Wed, 11-20-2013 - 8:59am

Americans are generally hard workers.  There's certainly an incentive in some fields to accrue unused vacation time and get back the pay.  And in other professions, you're "given" many weeks for vacation, not paid for time not taken, but it's simply expected you won't take all of the vacation time.  My jobs were always like that. 

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Wed, 11-20-2013 - 9:00am
Neither my husband nor I get any paid vacation time, but it is true that Ming the staff in our building, they are often finding themselves with a "use it or lose it" day because they have accrued excess vacation time. I think they can only accumulate 20 days of paid vacation.
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Wed, 11-20-2013 - 9:15am
We earn anywhere from 120 hours to 176 hours, depending on length of service and position band. We can carry over up to 352 hours. At the time of separation, only up to about 4 weeks (don't remember the exact number) can be paid out, so most retiring employees take lots of leave at the end and come back to work for 1-2 days before they officially separate. Over the past 5 years, I've taken an average or 140 hours of AL per year, of the 176 I earn. I've got about 250 hours accrued right now. I'm really hoping that once we fill our currently open position (3rd one in 3 months - I'm tired of this application, candidate review, interviewing, hiring and training thing) the workload pressures will be relieved enough that I can take a bit more time in the spring. I'm required to take 5 working days in a row off every year (part of our fraud prevention policy), and I'm overdue for that.

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Wed, 11-20-2013 - 9:23am

Interesting article.  I'm thankful that not only do I receive more vacation time than the average, I'm also allowed to roll it over from year to year.  

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Wed, 11-20-2013 - 9:25am

thardy2001 wrote:
<p><blockquote class="quote-msg quote-nest-1 odd"><div class="quote-author"><em class="placeholder">rollmops2009</em> wrote:</div>Funny about the French, but also rather shocking that Americans only get 2 weeks on average.</blockquote></p><p>I find it rather shocking that for years now, the unemployment rate in Greece is higher than that of the United States during the Great Depression.</p><p>http://ca.finance.yahoo.com/news/greek-unemployment-rate-27-3-per-cent-august-105030789.html</p><p>Greece's unemployment rate is expected to climb to 30% by 2015.  Since Greece's recession began in 2008, it has relied on international (read: United States and Germany) rescue loans of $322 billion.</p><p>http://ca.finance.yahoo.com/news/greek-unemployment-rate-27-3-per-cent-august-105030789.html</p><p>Talk about an extended vacation. </p>

This link is interesting:  http://www.tradingeconomics.com/country-list/unemployment-rate   in comparing countries.

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Wed, 11-20-2013 - 10:45am

When I took this job nearly 9 years ago I negotiated a lower pay for an extra week of vacation so I get 3 weeks peryear and I don't know that i've ever taken that many vacation days in a year but I've come pretty close-- my time also accrues so I have a ton built up and I love taking long weekends as well as our weeks off in the summer and april -- we also get some extra time after  at the holidays b/c the holidays at a theater are aspecial kind of hell... but sometimes it really is hard to get out from under the work schedule to take the time- but fortunately my wife and i both put a high priority on leisure time-- we love lesiure time ;-)

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Wed, 11-20-2013 - 10:52am
Pumpkin, don't waste time typing. That particular poster has some kind of problem with my current country of residence. It is not your problem or mine, however.
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Wed, 11-20-2013 - 12:45pm

I get 4 weeks vacation time per year. Mine will roll over or I can cash some of it out. I usually roll over about 2 weeks per year.

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