WASHINGTON – After nearly two years of pandemic-related stressors, US workers are burned out – and new data proves it.
More than two-thirds (68%) of American workers feel at least moderately burned out and 13% are extremely burned out. Furthermore, more than half (53%) of home workers now work longer hours than at the office and 61% find it more difficult to unplug from work and go on vacation.
Despite the latest wave of the pandemic, data from Destination Analysts showed that the majority of Americans surveyed are in a “ready to travel” state of mind and eager to plan a trip:
- 81% of Americans are eager to plan a vacation in the next six months
- Nearly six in ten (59%) agree that travel is more important than ever and 61% plan to make travel a top priority by 2022.
Historically, NPVD was meant to address the problem that Americans don’t use all of their earned free time every year, but the challenges of the pandemic have given NPVD new meaning: a time to plan ahead for better days and disconnect. of the stressors of everyday life.
“After living with the pandemic for nearly two years, Americans desperately need the reset that a vacation offers, no matter how close or far it may take you,” said Roger Dow, president and CEO of the US Travel Association. “National Plan for Vacation Day is the perfect opportunity to sit down with family and friends and plan some much-needed time off for the rest of the year.”
Even the simple act of planning a vacation can help banish the winter blues. Nearly three quarters (74%) of planners said they are extremely or very happy with anticipating and planning vacations for the coming year, compared to just four in 10 non-planners.
However, work-related barriers, such as heavy workloads and staff shortages, are some of the top reasons that keep Americans from spending their free time.
“Refreshed and charged workers create a better, more productive workplace”, added Dow. “I encourage business leaders and team members to make vacation planning a priority, especially frontline workers who have been working harder than ever during the pandemic.”
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Click here for a factsheet with more information about the importance of planning for vacation.
About the American Travel Association
US Travel Association is the national non-profit organization representing all parts of the travel industry. In 2020, travel generated $1.5 trillion in economic output and supported 11 million jobs, a drastic drop from pre-pandemic numbers. US Travel’s mission is to increase travel to and within the United States. Visit ustravel.org for information and recovery-related data.