Deep Bench: Study shows much of Americans' vacation is unused

WAUSAU, Wis. (WZAW) -- Do you use all of your vacation time every year? If the answer is alone, then you are not alone. A new survey commissioned by British Airways found that 68 percent of American workers have unused vacation time at the end of the year.

Americans have long been known as workaholics, but the results of the study show that vacation time is suffering in a major way. 29 percent of respondents said they were saving up vacation days, which they ultimately didn’t use.

On the rare occasion that people find time to get out of the office, nearly half (48 percent) of Americans feel refreshed and recharged after a vacation. This is despite the majority of respondents feeling as though they failed to properly disconnect from work while on break.

Dr. Jaime Kulaga, a work-life balance expert, joined the Deep Bench Tuesday.

Dr. Kulaga, is author of the international book, The SuperWoman’s Guide to Super Fulfillment, which is published in over 10 countries over four continents. She is a keynote speaker on work-life balance for companies, associations, and organizations.

Watch the Deep Bench discussion above for reasons why vacation goes unused and tips to disconnect while on vacation.