|Take a break! (Painting by Grant Wood)|
A significant percentage of today's workforce is afraid to take earned vacation time.
According to Christine DiGangi of Credit.com, these employees fear that taking time off “makes them look replaceable, therefore putting them at risk of losing their jobs.” This potentially-lethal
mindset has been called a “work martyr complex.”
Is it even legal for employers to fire workers for taking earned vacation time? Unfortunately, it often is. DiGangi explains that “there’s no federal law guaranteeing people the vacation they’ve earned.” Not only that, “employers can fire people for pretty much whatever they want to.”
When even God modeled a Sabbath for would-be workaholics, what gives employers the right to deny their people some time away from the grind? Vacation time can strengthen employees’ health and personal relationships, which in turn can have a positive impact upon work performance.
In order to lessen the debilitating fear of being fired, Di Gangi recommends that employees build personal emergency funds. With at least a few months’ worth of savings set aside, they can breathe easier while rightfully claiming some hard-earned vacation time.
Copyright September 2, 2014 by Linda Van Slyke All Rights Reserved