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August 15, 2017

You can’t have your cake and eat it, too. At least, that is, when it comes to your vacation time.

While the dream of any upwardly mobile employee is to get that corner office and (at least) two weeks vacation, many workers find it harder to have both.

Recent research by Glassdoor found that the higher an employee’s income, the greater their responsibilities, which makes it harder for that employee to unplug and take their paid vacation time.

According to the research, 54 percent of workers have taken their eligible paid time off in the past 12 months. This would be great news, however, 66 percent reported working during the time when they do take vacation, compared to 61 percent three years ago.

And the more money you make, the more likely it is you’ll be receiving work-related emails, despite coworkers knowing that you’re out of the office.

According to Glassdoor, employees who earn an annual household income of over $100,000 are more likely to feel that they are expected to stay aware of work issues and help out if something needs their attention, even if they are on vacation and using their paid time off, than those with an annual household income of between $50,000-$74,900.

In fact, 30 percent of these high income employees say that they have to keep working even when on vacation because there is no one else at their company who can do their work when they are out. Women in particular are less likely to even take vacation time, with only 75 percent of female workers reporting their PTO, compared to 82 percent of male workers.

For workers who want to make money but also want to use their vacation time, it’s a catch-22.

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