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World – Indian workers feel the most vacation-deprived in the world, study finds

06 December 2018

The majority, or 75%, of workers in India feel vacation deprived which is the highest in the world, according to a survey from travel agency Expedia.

The 75% figure from India was followed by workers in South Korea (72%) and Hong Kong (69%).

According to Expedia’s survey, which polled 19 countries, the reason for Indian workers feeling vacation deprived is because 63% of Indians can do without a vacation for over three months and even though on an average Indians take 15 days of vacation out of the 20 days they receive, 53% take fewer days than they get. This was only surpassed by workers in Malaysia, where 61% take fewer days than they receive and Japan (57%).

The countries where workers take the lowest amount of vacation are Japan, Thailand, US and India. While the countries where workers take the highest amount of vacation are Brazil, France, Germany and Spain.

Meanwhile, the countries where workers receive the lowest amount of vacation are Taiwan, Hong Kong, US, Thailand and India.

Director for global communications Nisreene Atassi, commented, “One of the leading reasons people don’t use their vacation days is that they’re saving them for a big trip, which means they’re going longer and longer between vacations.”

Manmeet Ahluwalia, Marketing Head, Expedia in India, also commented, "We have seen an increase in support from Indian employers to take vacations. However, employees still do not avail their full vacation days because of reasons like missing out on important work decisions, fear of being seen less committed, or finding it difficult to coordinate time with their travel companion. Our study also reflect that 18% Indians feel that those who are successful at their job don’t take vacation days."

"We dug deeper to understand reasons which are keeping Indians away from taking vacations and realized that, Indians are the least to get a free pass while vacationing,” Ahluwalia said. “They are expected to be available to their colleagues and supervisors, making 34% Indians check their mails at least once per day. For 64% of Indians, the impending workload after they come back from vacation is an important factor in deciding the length of their holiday. Not surprised to know that 17% of Indians have not taken any leave from past one year. These figures throw light on various factors resulting in making India the most vacation deprived nation in the world."

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