When we look at the disparity between European countries, some of which have 20–30 mandatory vacation days per year, and the United States, which has zero federally mandated vacations days for workers, you may start to wonder who has it right. Are the Europeans lazy? Are American workers more industrious?
The truth is, the American emphasis on continual hard work has damaging effects on our physical and mental health. More workers are suffering from burnout than ever before, leading to a decrease in engagement and, therefore, decreased productivity. A vacation can do wonders to re-engage the mind and keep you performing at your best.
One of the greatest benefits of taking a vacation is the increased productivity when you return. But in order to take true advantage of your work recovery time, you need to vacation correctly.