Many workers would scrap vacation to save

Fri Jul 1, 2011 4:37pm EDT
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By Richard Chang

NEW YORK (Reuters Life!) - Almost half of U.S. workers would scrap or scale back their summer vacation plans to save money if the economy remains volatile, according to a survey.

Younger workers are more apt to bite the bullet, and men are twice as likely as women to be expected to work on vacation, the poll by jobs website showed.

"People are still pretty nervous about personal spending," Glassdoor Chief Executive Robert Hohman said, noting the "stark" numbers of people willing to change vacation plans.

But 65 percent of employees are able to relax completely while on holiday.

"It's reassuring to see the majority of employees feel their employer supports their ability to 'check out' and recharge," he noted. "Employees who feel tethered to their job while away miss the intended vacation benefits, and U.S. companies should try to be more respectful of this time."

About 45 percent of employees and the self-employed would reduce or cancel their summer vacation plans to save money, according to the online survey of 2,203 adults conducted by Harris Interactive.

Thirteen percent of people take vacations knowing they may have to work if necessary. Nearly one in five, 18 percent, said they must be available should an emergency arise.

More men said they are expected to work on vacation than women, the survey showed.   Continued...

<p>Paul and Kellee Athens relax in a hammock at the Casa Marina Resort in Key West, Florida, February 2, 2011. REUTERS/Rob O'Neal/Florida Keys News Bureau/Handout</p>