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Poll: People Like Three-Day Weekends Better Than Longer Vacations

Chris Gaetano
Published Date:
Aug 13, 2019

A recent poll of 1,000 American workers conducted by talent management firm Cornerstone found that, to an overwhelming degree, they believe that three-day weekends are a better form of stress relief than longer vacations. When asked what would make a bigger difference to them, in terms of stress, 87 percent of the respondents said they preferred this shorter form of break. This seems to be largely because a vacation is a lot more logistically complicated than a long weekend. 

"With a three-day weekend, workers can relax without worrying about what awaits them when they return," said a press release about the study. "In fact, workers who take long vacations not only reported working longer hours upon returning to work, but they also became more stressed than they were before their break. About two-thirds of respondents also noticed more work for co-workers that were forced to pick up the slack."

This result lines up with other research showing that, in the United States at least, many hesitate to take a vacation. The U.S. Travel Association found that, in 2017, 52 percent of Americans ended the year with unused vacation time, and collectively forfeited 212 million vacation days, equivalent to $62 billion in lost benefits.