(Washington, D.C., Wednesday, June 27, 2018) - Taking time off helps the majority of U.S. workers recover from stress and experience positive effects that improve their well-being and job performance, but for nearly two-thirds of working adults, the benefits of time away dissipate within a few days, according to a survey to be released by the American Psychological Association.
The Work and Well-Being Survey provides a snapshot of the U.S. workforce, including employee well-being and attitudes and opinions related to workplace policies and practices. Among other things, this yearâ€™s survey explored the effect of time off â€“ paid and unpaid â€“ on employee well-being and work.
Nearly a quarter of working adults (24 percent) say the positive effects of vacation time â€“ such as a better mood, more energy, feeling less stress â€“ disappear immediately upon returning to work, the survey found. Forty percent said the benefits last only a few days.
APA's Center for Organizational Excellence works to enhance the functioning of individuals, groups, organizations and communities through the application of psychology to a broad range of workplace issues. The center houses the Psychologically Healthy Workplace Program, a public education initiative designed to engage the employer community, raise public awareness about the value psychology brings to the workplace and promote programs and policies that enhance employee well-being and organizational performance.