SEATTLE (CBS SEATTLE) — Americans took fewer vacation days in 2012 than in years past, and some days simply weren’t used by the workers.
Americans reported receiving 12 days of vacation, compared with 14 days last year. Of those 12, they’re expected to take only 10 this year, according to Expedia’s annual Vacation Deprivation study. The survey was conducted online by Harris Interactive and included responses from 8,687 employed adults in 22 countries.
But Americans take neither the least or the most of these days off.
The study shows that Asian workers take the fewest days off — the Japanese are expected to take only five of 13 allotted days. South Koreans will likely take seven out of 10. Asian workers also work the longest weeks, about 44 hours, according to the study. Average Americans work a 40-hour week, the most common, while the Dutch have the lightest work week of the 22 nations surveyed, putting in just 35 hours.
Europeans are on top of making the most out of their large vacation periods – they receive typically 25 to 30 days off in addition to holidays. In France and Spain, workers tend to take the full 30 days, while Germans take 28 of their 30 days. British, Swedish and Norwegian workers don’t waste a single day, taking all 25 of their vacation days.
Bosses in Norway, Sweden and Brazil are the most supportive of employees taking vacation time, the survey said, while more than half of bosses in Italy and South Korea did not agree with workers getting so much time off.
“Studies consistently show that an ideal work-life balance leads to happier and more productive employees,” John Morrey, general manager of Expedia.com, said in a statement to CNN. “Your vacation days are not a gift, not a luxury. They’re yours to use.”
Beach vacations ranked as the most popular escape, with 35 percent of respondents flocking to the water.