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By Rick Holmes
Dec. 31, 2013 5:11 p.m.



I’ve been an intermittent blogger of late, busy with the holidays and trying to take a few vacation days before the year ends and they disappear.  I guess I could take more time off, but Phil covers for me when I’m gone, and he’s got his own job to do, plus he’s covering for other people. And if I don’t get started on the weekend papers before Thursday, I’m in trouble come Friday.  So I’m in the office on New Year’s Eve, just as I was in on Christmas Eve. Plus I can do some of my work at home on holidays, one of technology’s most mixed blessings.  Not to complain though. At least I have a job.

I wouldn’t be going into all of this were it not for a story I just saw in Monday’s Globe, “The vacation not taken” (it’s here, but behind a pay wall).  It turns out I’m not alone: Companies report that more than half of workers leave at least some vacation days unused.  And the number of vacation days not taken has doubled in just the last two years, from 6 to 12.

The reasons are many and may sound familiar:  The staff has been cut but the work still must be done.  People feel guilty about taking time off and dumping extra work on their colleagues. Holiday season is especially difficult, with everyone wanting time off and the use-it-or-lose-it clock striking on Dec. 31.  Plus, jobs are still scarce. Most workers feel the way to succeed – or at least stay employed – is to show the bosses how hard you’re working, how you return emails even on weekends, put in extra time to cover for others, sacrifice your family time to the organization, do the work previously done by two or three employees.

The irony is that you can’t impress the top executives, especially the ones who cut the staff to improve the bottom line.  If the work still gets done, they pat themselves on the backs for finding efficiencies.  If the work doesn’t get done, they blame the workers. And they don’t see how hard you’re working, how much you’re sacrificing, because they aren’t around to see it.  They are off with their families, often at some tropical locale, enjoying their vacation days.

OK, back to work for me.  If I get the Wednesday and Thursday papers done I’ll have New Years Day off.  That will give me time Wednesday to blog and get started on my Sunday column. As I do, I’ll be thankful I made it through another year without being downsized.

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