Forbes calls the U.S. the “no vacation nation.” That’s because almost one-half of Americans had unused vacation time last year. Polls indicate we are working more, sleeping less, and getting sicker. Stress is the number one cause of illness, and the data shows that most of us are handling a mountain of anxiety right now. All this stress costs employers big money: about 8% of total healthcare costs are associated with stress-related illness stemming from unhealthy work environments.
It’s true that work can be stressful. But does it have to be? Why aren’t we using vacation days? What can employees and employers do to create a culture of health in the workplace?