If you feel guilty about taking time off and leaving others to cover for you, you're not alone. The vast majority of U.S. workers' paid vacation time goes unused every year. Here's why you should take that vacay with a clear conscience.
Nobody wants a burned out team member.
You may think your presence is essential to the team's functioning well. But if you're exhausted, you're probably more of a hindrance than a help. Numerous mistakes, injuries and accidents have been attributed to physical and/or mental tiredness in all walks of life, from aerospace engineers to construction workers. Do any of these ring a bell: Chernobyl, Three Mile Island, Exxon Valdez, Air France Flight 447? All linked to "impaired performance due to fatigue." Don't let this be you.
You'll be a happier employee.
When the huge accounting firm Ernst & Young surveyed its staff, it found that those who took their vacation had greater job satisfaction and tended to stay longer with the company. This...