More Vacation Days Leads To Better Productivity, Says Mercer

August 22, 2009

Global (ChattahBox) – Business solutions company Mercer has released a report that shows that Europe’s habit of increasing vacation days leads to better work productivity and increased work ethic, a point that US companies may want to start taking note of.

According to the report, Europe has on average 34.4 days off, with the highest days given to Lithuania at 41 annually. That is compared to the average 25 in the US.

But even though they have more time off, they still manage to match, or out perform, US companies.

Belgium, the Netherlands, and Luxembourg are good examples of smaller nations that produce more per hours worked every years than the US, despite having increased holiday time.

That doesn’t mean that all of Europe manages to outstrip the US in production. Eastern Europe still stays well behind, though an article by Spiegal Online International points out that this has more to do with debt and technological barriers, rather than a question of efficiency in employees.

The data given by Mercer seems to clearly show a correlation between the EU’s legislation that forces companies to provide regular vacation time, and the employees ability to hold up efficient production.

It isn’t a surprise, and yet many American employers don’t seem to have made this common sense discovery.



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