SOURCE: Hudson

April 18, 2007 06:00 ET

Employers Recognize Work-Life Balance, But Do Employees?

Hudson Survey Finds More Than Half of Workers Don't Use All Vacation Time

NEW YORK, NY -- (MARKET WIRE) -- April 18, 2007 -- Employers seem to appreciate their employees' need for flexibility, as more than three-quarters (78 percent) of the work force rates their employer favorably when it comes to allowing them to take extra time for personal matters. According to the Hudson time off survey, virtually the same number (80 percent) of workers also say their bosses are very or somewhat accepting if they need to stay home when they are under the weather.

The Hudson time off survey is published by Hudson (NASDAQ: HHGP), a leading provider of permanent recruitment, contract professionals and talent management services worldwide.

"Employers are taking notice of the demands of workers who want a work-life balance that allows them to have a personal life alongside their professional one," said Peg Buchenroth, senior vice president, human resources, Hudson. "Providing a flexible approach to employees' lives outside work is going to help employers retain key individuals who do not feel as if they have to choose one or the other."

Do employees take advantage?

While workers say their company is flexible when it comes to providing time for personal matters, it appears many are hesitant to take full advantage of their allotted time off. In particular, among workers who get some vacation time, more than half (56 percent) do not use all of it, including 30 percent who say they take less than half of their days off. Plus, one in five (20 percent) workers only plan on getting away for long weekends this year without taking a full vacation. Finally, 30 percent of workers have felt they had to play hooky and call in sick when they were not actually ill.

"On top of accommodating workers' personal needs on a day-to-day basis, managers need to make sure employees are taking sufficient time away from the office," added Buchenroth. "Modern technology makes staying in constant contact very easy, so it takes some effort for people to disconnect. However, the benefit of employees taking that time often comes through in improved job satisfaction and greater productivity."

Nearly half (49 percent) of employees receive more than 11 vacation days each year. Nearly the same proportion (51 percent) indicate that their company designates a certain number of days for sick, personal and vacation time, while 28 percent are provided with a bank of time to use as they see fit.

Managers vs. Workers on Vacation

When it comes to how managers and non-managers approach vacations, there are some distinct differences. For example, while more than one-third (35 percent) of managers check in with the office on vacation frequently, often daily, just 14 percent of non-managers do the same. In fact, 34 percent of managers and 18 percent of non-managers say their bosses expect them to be accessible on vacation. Finally, 27 percent of managers return to the office more stressed than they were when they left. That is true for only 16 percent of non-managers.

At the same time, managers anticipate taking more time this year, as 53 percent have plans to take both a full vacation and a long weekend compared to 44 percent of non-managers. On the other hand, non-managers are more likely than managers to expect to only get away for long weekends, 22 percent versus 18 percent.

About the Survey

The Hudson time off survey is based on a national poll of 2,082 U.S. workers conducted March 30 - April 2, 2007 and was compiled by Rasmussen Reports, LLC, an independent research firm ( The margin of sampling error for a survey based on this number of interviews is approximately +/-2.4 percent with a 95 percent level of confidence. A more detailed data report is available at

Hudson, one of the world's leading professional staffing, outsourcing and talent management solutions providers, also publishes the Hudson Employment IndexSM, a monthly measure of the U.S. work force's confidence in the employment market. The next Hudson Employment Index will be released on May 2.


Hudson (NASDAQ: HHGP) is a leading provider of permanent recruitment, contract professionals and talent management services worldwide. From single placements to total outsourced solutions, Hudson helps clients achieve greater organizational performance by assessing, recruiting, developing and engaging the best and brightest people for their businesses. The company employs more than 3,600 professionals serving clients and candidates in more than 20 countries. More information is available at

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