Why all employees should use their vacation days
You'd think it would be unnecessary to explain the value of taking a vacation. Who among us doesn't dream about long weekends, taking off two sun-filled weeks in the summer, or indulging in a few days of staying in and cozying up for Christmas? You would think it's pretty clear that a break from our routines, demands and the stresses of work life shouldn't have to be mandated. But you'd be wrong.
Canadian workers aren't quite as vacation-resistant as our Japanese colleagues. In case you're unaware, Japan's work ethic is so historically extreme they've developed a word - karoshi - for death by too much work.
We're not quite that dramatic here in North America but we do operate under a work ethos that sees many of us live to work, rather than work to live, the way our European colleagues do. Canada scores low on rankings for the number of mandated vacation days per year, with just 10. Compare that with countries near the top of the list such as the UK (28), Sweden, Norway, Denmark and France (all 25).
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