It’s no secret that when employees don’t physically and mentally take time off from work it can negatively impact your health, happiness, productivity, and creativity. A continuous work schedule can also lead to employee burnout – and that’s never good. But aside from that, there are also hidden costs to not using your vacation time or paid time off (PTO). A study by Oxford Economics determined that American companies carry approximately $224 billion in liabilities due to unused vacation time. In researching that figure, we come to realize that cost is close to half the size of the U.S. deficit!

The average vacation liability is $1,898 per employee and more than $12,000 in some companies.

Tracking Time Matters

Working more hours doesn’t always translate to more productivity. Studies show that compared to hours worked in countries like France and Germany, which are known for offering ample vacation time and shorter workweeks — realize higher rates of output than countries that do the opposite. In addition to that, approximately 83% of companies do not have a process or system in place to track all of their workforce. This inability leaves companies in the dark on what PTO or sick days employees are, or are not using. Luckily, for Fingercheck users, there’s the Absence Request Feature. This invaluable feature offers employers a clear and continuous view of all employee time and much more.  Click here to learn more about it.

Use Time off the Right Way

When you actually unplug from work it’s important to still keep active.  Try finding the right balance of rest and a meaningful form of physical activity. Active rest is a common practice that incorporates a low impact activity that gets the blood circulating.  A simple activity like walking, stretching, or even yoga is enough to do the trick. So, be sure to take a break and use your vacation time. Doing so will result in even more productivity and a creative re-charge.

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