An Alarming 75% of Employees Do Not Take Earned Time Off

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FPC Workplace Web Poll Data indicates that only 25 % of employees polled nationwide always take their allotted time off each year. "Numerous articles have been written about how this new generation is more focused on work-life balance but the fact is that people are still feeling immense pressure to spend time at work..." said FPC CEO & President Ron Herzog.

FPC Workplace Web Poll Data indicates that only 25 % of employees polled nationwide always take their allotted time off each year.

FPC, a national executive search firm, anonymously polls job candidates visiting http://www.fpcnational.com on their perspective on workplace issues. This latest data from the FPC Workplace Web Poll indicates that the nations' employees are not enjoying the time off they've earned throughout the year.

Of 1042 respondents across all industries and job levels answering the question "With respect to my time off from work I…"

25% "…always take my allotted time off."
37% "…take time off if I have something to do but do not monitor the days I use."
33% "…do not take the full time allotted but without a particular reason."
5%    "… work through the vacation time to get the extra money."

There is a difference in the time-off behavior between the Entry and Mid-level employees' versus Managerial, Director, VP and other Executive Level employees. In answer to the question, "With respect to my time off from work I…" 29% of the 472 Entry or Mid-level respondents answered that they "do not take the full time allotted but without a particular reason." Compared to 36% of the 559 Managers, Directors, VP's and other Executive Level respondents.

Another difference between the two groups is how many of them "…work through the vacation to get the extra money." 9% of Entry or Mid-level respondents vs. only 2% of Manager, Director, VP and Other Executive respondents take this approach to their earned vacation.

Even given this difference in the desire to earn the unused-vacation income based on job level, there is little variation in vacation behavior based on income-level:
Of 919 respondents earning less than 100k answering the question "With respect to my time off from work I…"
25% "…always take my allotted time off."
36% "…take time off if I have something to do but do not monitor the days I use."
33% "…do not take the full time allotted but without a particular reason."
6% " ...work through the vacation time to get the extra money."

Of 125 respondents earning greater than 100k answering the question "With respect to my time off from work I…"
27% "…always take my allotted time off."
39% "…take time off if I have something to do but do not monitor the days I use."
30% "…do not take the full time allotted but without a particular reason."
3%    "...work through the vacation time to get the extra money."

"Even though a study by salary.com noted that human resources executives reported that time off is now among the top 3 concerns with new hires, the FPC study shows that even though they negotiated to get the option to take the time off, they are not actually taking it." said FPC CEO & President Ron Herzog. "Numerous articles have been written about how this new generation is more focused on work-life balance but the fact is that people are still feeling immense pressure to spend time at work. A previous FPC web poll showed that people were spending their vacation time on work emails and voicemails, and now it seems they are not even taking the vacation."

About the Poll
The FPC Workplace Web Poll takes the pulse of candidates in the ever-changing job market and spots developing trends. FPC conducts ongoing research so that its recruiters can provide the most current advice and information to job candidates and client companies. FPC shares pertinent results with the public (http://www.fpcnational.com/press-releases.html).

The FPC website, http://www.fpcnational.com, offers candidates actionable articles (http://www.fpcnational.com/job-search-tips.html), such as "Perfecting Your Two-Minute Personal Sales Presentation", and "Don't Get Lost in a Database", drawing on the company's years of recruiting talent, helping executives to be seen by hiring companies and negotiating new positions.

About FPC
FPC is a national executive search firm with more than 65 franchise offices. Advocates for both clients and candidates since 1959, FPC recruiters are committed to bringing together the right individual with the right opportunity. For further information about FPC, call 800-886-7839 or visit the FPC Web site at http://www.fpcnational.com.

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