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Why Do We Freak Out When People Take a 2-Week Vacation?

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I just got back from a two-week vacation, and it’s got me thinking about why there’s still a hint of stigma attached to stepping away for more than standard single week.

This might be a good time to take a look at that, and not just because of the global re-examination that’s underway about the compact between people and their employers.

For millions of Americans actively reassessing their relationship with work, getting a fix on their comfort level with taking a two-week vacation might be a reasonable indicator of whether they’re at the right company.

And if you’re in any formal leadership position, ask the same question — as a gauge on the culture of the organization and your own feeling about how we demonstrate work ethic and commitment.

A record 768 million vacation days went unused in 2018, a year-to-year increase of nine percent, according to the U.S. Travel Association. In the same year, travel insurance leader Allianz Group found that 57 percent of American workers took no vacation time at all.

Something is out of whack.

I got my own wake-up call on this a few years ago.

As a Kiwi coming from a company founded in........

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