In 2013 Americans left 169 million paid vacation days unused, totaling $52.4 billion in lost benefits, and breaking a record for the highest number of unused vacation days in the past 40 years. In light of recent reports released from the U.S Travel Association, detailing the economic and mental-health implications caused by many Americans failing to utilize all their paid vacation days, a new company thinks they have come up with a solution to the over-worked, tightly-wound culture that permeates our workforce.
In comparison to other highly-developed nations such as France and the United Arab Emirates, where the average employees receive 30 paid vacation days per year, Americans generally receive a mere 15 days a year, with a quarter of the United States workforce receiving no paid vacation at all. What's even stranger is that despite our receiving half the average paid vacation days when compared to other westernized countries, Americans rarely advocate for an increase in vacation opportunity, citing nervousness and anxiety as the root causes.
The Tucson based startup, Outski, thinks they have come up with a solution to combat our ever-prevalent tendency to work longer hours, and avoid paid vacations - a condition symptomatic of our culture's need to self-identify with our careers rather than our passions, and the fear that taking a vacation detracts from our job security, making us feel expendable in the workplace.
Fortunately, the current corporate climate is beginning to value paid vacations for employees, as it reduces stress, increases productivity and retention, and produces favorable workplace morale. Couple the inherent benefits of a more relaxed and productive workforce, with Outski's new 401-Play accounts, and you have a recipe for a happier, more engaged office dynamic, capable of higher efficiency without sacrificing the individual needs of the employee.
The idea is simple. Outski offers employee's employer-sponsored 401-Play accounts, allowing them to set aside a pre-determined percentage of each paycheck to a Vacation Savings Account (or VSA), in the same way a 401k works. Part of the conceptual-genius behind Outski's 401-Play program, is the focus on the vacation planning process, and the understanding that crafting an itinerary, saving funds, and anticipating an upcoming vacation is directly correlated to employee happiness and drive.
So far over 6,000 members have set up VSA's with Outski, and these savvy workers are not only saving for an exciting adventure abroad, but they are enjoying access to a simple online interface for planning trips, researching destinations, and coordinating with other would-be-vacationers.
Living in an all-work, no-play culture, has taken its toll on our domestic workforce (and workers the world over). Without the help of creative minds - like those at Outski - we could very well find ourselves on a path towards vacation-less lives, devoid of the passionate, curiosity-driven exploratory freedoms that were paramount in developing the many diverse civilizations that exist today.
If you're ready to take some time off from your hectic career lifestyle and discover the thrills of traveling abroad, Auto Europe is here to make that dream a reality. With hotel bookings, airfare reservations, guaranteed best prices, and 20,000 car rental locations worldwide, we're fun-facilitators and can't wait to help you start planning your next big adventure. If you need help to start saving for the vacation of a lifetime consider an Outski VSA - soon you'll find yourself absorbed in the throes of self-discovery and travel freedom.
>> Read More News Articles