Do you achieve a work-life balance? Not even close

Americans spend a significant amount of time working and watching screens, but the majority don’t take enough time off.

Do you achieve a work-life balance? Not even close

Over the course of their lives, Americans spend an average of 13.2 years working and just 328 days socializing.

The average worker in the US spends 5.3 hours per week checking corporate emails at home.

These statistics showing that Americans work much harder than they play were revealed by a infographic by BookOutdoorsan organization committed to inspiring and empowering everyone, everywhere, to experience the work, wonder and adventure of the great outdoors.

‘Outdoor exploration for everyone’ infographic

The “Outdoor Exploration For All” infographic shows that 28 million Americans are not getting paid vacation or paid vacation. Of those who do get paid vacation leave, 55% of workers don’t all use it.

Why don’t employees take time off?

The research also revealed why employees don’t take time off for vacations. It found that 61% are afraid of appearing replaceable at work, while 56% have a heavy workload and/or lack of coverage. Stress is another major reason people don’t take time off, in addition to concerns about safety and security and the cost of taking vacations.

Benefits of Spending Time Outdoors

BookOutdoor’s research explores the benefits of spending time outdoors. Spending just 20 minutes outdoors, three days a week, can reduce stress, improve memory, boost cognitive function and improve overall well-being.

Other benefits of spending time outdoors include balancing our modern, connected lives, reconnecting with nature, and providing opportunities to try new physical activities.

The benefits of a healthier work-life balance are well documented and established. For employers, encouraging employees to take time off, use up vacation pay and spend time away from home can lead to a happier, more productive workforce.

Despite the known benefits, BookOutdoor’s affirms that most Americans don’t achieve a healthy work-life balance.

To maintain a happier, more productive workforce, small business owners should make an effort to ensure that employees take valuable time off. Being known as a company that cares for its employees will also help employers attract and retain talent.

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