Survey Charts

Workers Who Take Vacation Vs. Workers Who Don't
Workers who take their vacation time vs. those who don't, are more likely to report being in better health (85% vs. 74%) and are four times less likely to say their ability to perform their job fully is restricted at least one day a week, because of a health condition (4% vs. 18%). They also report being less concerned about their health (20%) than workers who routinely fail to take vacation time owed them (31%).

Workers who take vacation time may in fact have less need to be concerned about their health, since relatively speaking, they maintain (both at home and at work) a healthier lifestyle than workers too busy on their jobs to take vacation.

In contrast:
Workers who take vacation are more likely to: Workers who don't take vacation are more likely to:
Get eight full hours of sleep a day (46% vs. 32%) Stay up nights worrying about work (40% vs. 12%)
Eat three meals a day (65% vs. 46%) Eat and work at the same time (50% vs. 28%)
Take a daily vitamin, herbal or nutritional supplement (51% vs. 38%) Fail at maintaining a healthy diet at work (25% vs. 11%)
Report their company makes it easy to attend medical appointments (74% vs. 55%) Feel they have to attend work when ill or injured (29% vs. 17%) Say the company they work for makes it difficult for them to take time away from work in an emergency (24% vs. 15%)
Workers who take vacation are less likely to:Workers who don't take vacation are more likely to:
Report an aversion to going to the doctor (42% vs. 55%) Indicate their last routine doctor's visit as two or more years ago (25% vs. 16%)
Report never leaving the building once arriving at work (29% vs. 42%) Claim not having any down time at work (58% vs. 29%) Claim working for a company which only promotes people who make a habit of working late (26% vs. 11%)
Miss family activities due to work (16% vs. 42%) Are considered by friends and family to be a workaholic (58% vs. 24%)
And, as an overall possible result, besides feeling in better health are less likely to say their jobs makes them feel older than they are (15% vs. 35%)

Workplace Perks
Only 29 percent of companies provide healthy lunches or dinners, but when they are offered, a full 84 percent of employees take advantage of the benefit. Similarly, only 18 percent of workplaces offer membership to a health club either on the premises or off-site, but when they do, 72 percent of employees join.

Additionally, 13 percent of employers offer a meditation room, but when it is available, 55 percent of employees participate. Likewise, only six percent of employers offer massage, but when it is provided, 60 percent of employees relax with a massage.
Companies Encouraging Their Workers to Exercise
  • One-fifth of American workers have access to on-the-job-site gyms.

  • One in three American workers report that their company encourages them and co-workers to be in good physical condition.
      - Close to one in five American workers report having access to an exercise facility either at their place of employment or through a company-paid health club membership program.
  • Use of Unconventional Methods for Managing Employee Stress
  • One in ten American workers have access to an on-site meditation room.
      - Thirteen percent of American workers report their employer provides a meditation room for employees, half of whom report meditating in the workplace.

      - Fifteen percent of American workers report their employer allows pets in the workplace, half of whom report bringing their pets to the workplace.

      - Six percent of American workers report their employer pays for employee massages, sixty percent of whom report having massages in the workplace.
  • Healthy Eating in the Workplace
  • When available, most American workers choose healthy lunch-hour food selections.
      - Three in ten American workers report the availability of healthy foods at work; of those workers eighty-four percent choose to consume such food.
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