How about a nice, long vacation, say 429 million days long? All you need to do is scoop up all the paid time off workers fail to use annually – 3.2 days per employee – and away you go.

This calculation comes to us courtesy of a study done by Oxford Economics for the U.S. Travel Association. The research, which was based on input from more than 900 U.S. workers, revealed that 42 percent of workers don't use all their PTO before year-end. Among those 42 percent, they failed to use an average of 8.1 days a year.  

When asked whether their manager encouraged them to take time off or discouraged them from doing so, a third of respondents said their managers did neither. Just 17 percent of managers said that they think workers who use up all their time off are slackers. Four in 10 employees said their boss supported them taking their time off but they had so much work they couldn't take all their accumulated time.

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