Jack’s a dull boy
July 26, 2011, 6:17 pm
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In America employers are not required to give their employees paid days off which is a minor scandal when you consider that Greece, Italy and Spain have 20 or more paid vacation days.  Well those economies are nearly defaulting, you may feel inclined to argue.  Except that Europe’s economic powerhouse economies also get much more paid vacation:  France gets 30, Germany 24 and the UK 20.  Where’s the line to trade in passports?

Following are a few more scandalous details from the chart:

  • 86% of executives say their company expects more time from their employees.
  • 59% of employees say more time is demanded of them.
  • one in three employees report feeling chronically overworked.
  • 33% worked more than 44 hours per week in 2009.
  • 36% of employees don’t plan to use their full vacation days.
  • 37% take less than a 7 day vacation, when they do take time off.

The Overworked American, Good