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3/12/2014 - Many workers leave vacation time on the table

In a recent poll, employees noted that they would not use all of their sabbatical time.

Even though every full-time worker gets personal time off worked into their employment schedule, a substantial number of people didn't cash in on all of the vacation that they were given last year, according to the results of a newly released survey.

Approximately seven in 10 employees in a recent poll that was conducted late last year noted that they would not use all of their sabbatical time, staffing firm ManpowerGroup found. This marks the third year in a row that workers in the country, on average, spent more time on the job than they were obligated to.

Matt Norquist, general manager for the Milwaukee, Wisc.-based human resources organization, indicated that it's important for businessowners to persuade their employees to make good on all of their allotted vacation time - if for no other reason than that it can improve their job performance.

"Every employee at every level should be encouraged to take time to reenergize, recharge and relax to be more satisfied and productive on the job," said Norquist. "The importance of vacation cannot be understated in today's workplace when companies are doing more with less and adding workloads to their teams."

He added that time off from work can help build a sense of camaraderie among staff members because it can help reduce both stress and employee turnover.

Work overload may explain why many health care professionals say that they have made decisions while on the job that they came to regret. In a study recently published in the American Journal of Critical Care, researchers found that nurses who reported being fatigued were more likely to say that they felt like they made a poor decision when caring for a patient.

Linda Scott, an associate dean for academic affairs, who served as lead author, indicated that weariness can put patients' health at risk, as well as that of the hospital and staff, leading to a potential professional liability insurance issue.

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