Why? 40% of U.S. didn't take vacay day in 2015

Posted at 6:09 PM, Jan 21, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-22 01:33:17-05

Some people are all business.

According to a recent survey by travel website Skift, nearly 41 percent of Americans said they did not take a single vacation day last year.

Not one. 17 percent reported taking five or fewer days off.

So why in the world would anyone forfeit their hard earned vacation days? 

Project: Time Off, a group advocating for employees to use up their hard-earned days off, calls these workaholics "work martyrs."

Studies by the group reveal people worry they will appear replaceable if they take time off. Other reasons cited; they are concerned about returning to a mountain of work and they don't believe anyone else could do their job. Some simply said, they couldn't afford it.

Skift got similar results in 2013 and 2014.

Here's the breakdown from this latest study.

  •  40.5 percent took 0 days
  •  17.4 percent took less than 5 days
  •  14.8 percent took between 5-10 days
  •  14.4 percent took between 10-20 days
  •  12.9 percent took more than 20 days