“National Plan for Vacation Day is a great time to kick off VTC’s Crush Friday campaign, because it’s all about encouraging Americans to plan for time off,” said Caitlin Johnson, Special Project Manager for Virginia Tourism Corporation, who is leading the efforts in support of Project: Time Off. “The Crush Friday campaign aims to do the same by changing the mindset of the millennial work martyr. We hope to get them to realize that taking time off is necessary to being a more creative and productive employee. They should make their Friday count by trading a day in the office for a day experiencing Virginia.”
American workers left 662 million vacation days on the table last year. Of these workers, the millennial sub-set is the most likely to want to be seen as work martyrs. In an effort to be seen as valuable to the company a work martyr is the most likely to forego taking vacation days. In a recent report Project: Time Off identified D.C. as the most under-vacationed city in the U.S. by leaving 17.3 million vacation days unused. The VTC Crush Friday Program is designed to encourage the D.C. area millennial work martyr to give vacation a try. VTC and its industry partners aim to change that mindset and show the benefit that even one day of vacation can have. Virginia and their localities offer a call to millennials to take a well-deserved Friday and crush it.
The most effective remedy for American workers who want to use more vacation days is better planning. Yet just over half (54%) of households set aside time to plan the use of their vacation time each year. National Plan for Vacation Day, launched by Project: Time Off, is a call-to-action for Americans to stop making excuses and start making vacation plans.
Research shows that planners have a distinct advantage over non-planners. Project: Time Off’s The State of American Vacation 2017report found that planners use more of their time, take longer vacations, and are happier.
- 52 percent of planners took all of their vacation time vs. 40 percent of non-planners.
- 75 percent of planners were more likely to take a full week of vacation time or more at a time. Non-planners take significantly fewer days-zero to three-than planners at once (42% to 18%).
- More planners report they are “very” or “extremely” happy with their relationships (83% vs. 70%), health and well-being (57% vs. 48%), company (57% vs. 51%), and job (59% vs. 50%) compared to non-planners.