Where You Live May Influence Whether You Take Vacation Time

Odds are, your employees failed to use all their paid vacation time last year. They’re not the exception – especially if they live in Idaho.

Seventy-eight percent of Gem State workers left vacation time unused in 2016. Concerned about job security, they missed the chance to enjoy the free time they earned and to recharge their motivation at work. While Idaho topped the state list of squandered vacation time, far outpacing the astounding national average of 54 percent, New Hampshire wasn’t far behind with 77 percent. In 36 states, at least half of all employees failed to make full use of their paid vacation time.

TicketsatWork partners with businesses in every U.S. state, so we care how corporate human resource departments use geographic trends to keep employees motivated, dedicated, happy and healthy. That’s why we joined the Project: Time Off coalition, a nationwide initiative to raise awareness of the benefits of personal time for employees.

Recently, we showed you how today’s employees are digitally tethered to their companies. We’ll now share a 2017 study by market-research expert GfK that breaks down American worker vacation behaviors by state and major city. It reveals that workplace culture is greatly affected by geographical expectations. Where you reside very much influences your comfort level in your job and your overall satisfaction.

Under-Vacationed America

Want to live in a state where fewer workers fear taking a vacation would negatively impact their prospects for a raise or promotion? Move to Maine. Workers in the Pine Tree State report better vacation cultures at their companies. In fact, 54 percent of employees there say their company encourages time off, compared to 33 percent nationally who say the same.

And while government workers are sometimes maligned for their work ethic, this group helped Washington, D.C., top the list of major cities whose employees left vacation time unused. With 63 percent of government employees foregoing paid vacations, it’s the second-worst industry at using time off, just after education (65%). Pittsburgh, at 40 percent, also deserves some recognition – but as the No. 1 big city for recognizing work-life balance. Where does your big city rank?

As National Plan for Vacation Day on January 30 approaches, we want to help human resource professionals foster a positive workplace culture and optimize their company’s most critical asset: people. This often requires making a commitment to helping managers and employees alike recognize the benefits of overcoming outdated beliefs and practices.

Take a look at the complete study to understand how your HR department can stand out in your neighborhood. Expand your company’s horizons.

Top 10 Ways to Celebrate Make Your Dreams Come True Day

Celebrate Make Your Dreams Come True Day

On January 13, 2018, dreamers across the globe will celebrate Make Your Dreams Come True Day. Looking for inspiration to follow your own dreams in 2018? Turn to TicketsAtWork, which is all about adventure, family fun – and making the most of life.

Want to be an astronaut?
Blast off into outer space with the Kennedy Space Center. This one-of-a-kind complex divulges some of the universe’s deepest secrets of NASA’s first missions through the heavens, the intricacies of the Milky Way and the men and women who made space exploration possible. With over 60 interactive experiences – including the opportunity to lunch with a NASA astronaut — the Kennedy Space Center is one of the country’s most exciting epicenters for learning about the the cosmos far beyond.

Want to turn back time?
Step back – way, way back – in time. Don your sword and shining armor — and slay a dragon, learn magic from Merlin and feast on oversized drumsticks at Medieval Times in Orlando. This rollicking show invites guests to dine, cheer and laugh like 11th century European royalty in North America’s longest running dinner show. The show is as impressive as the meal, with live jousting, horsemanship, falconry – and lots of magic.

Want to swim with your favorite sea creatures?
Always dreamed of swimming with dolphins? Head to Discovery Cove in SeaWorld Orlando. With a unique package from TicketsAtWork, you can not only ride on the back of one of the ocean’s most majestic mammals but also snorkel among tropical fish and rays, hand-feed exotic birds and encounter playful otters and marmosets.

Want to battle the Dark Arts with Harry Potter?
At the Universal Orlando Resort, enroll in Hogwarts and begin fighting against the powers of “He Who Should Not Be Named.” No longer is Harry Potter simply a character from a book — now, you have the opportunity to use a bit of floo powder and transport into Diagon Alley, enter the halls of Gryffindor’s housing quarters and sip on butter beer at Hogsmead.

Want to fly?
Your dreams of flying high are about to come true. With iFly Indoor Skydiving and Orlando Balloon Rides, extend your “wings” and soar above the Central Florida landscape — real or imagined.

Want to learn how to ski?
From Vermont and New Hampshire to Utah and Colorado, TicketsAtWork features a host of ski resorts where you can learn to ski the slopes like a pro. Sign up for a class surrounded by gorgeous powder and snow-draped mountains – all you need to bring is a sense of adventure.

Want to turn into a princess?
Yes, this is your year to feel like royalty. At Walt Disney World, roam the sparkling walkways in search of Cinderella, Tiana, Moana, Belle and many more of Disney’s beloved princesses. Hang out with the sassy ladies of Disney and you’ll be transformed into the princess you were destined to be – at least for the weekend.

Want to hit the open road?
Is there anything more liberating than cruising the highways and byways of the United States, with your hair blowing in the wind – and the stereo cranked up high? With TicketsAtWork, nab awesome deals on rental cars from Enterprise, Hertz, Dollar and National.

Want to scream at the top of your lungs?
Book a ticket to one of several Six Flags theme parks across the country. These thrill parks are famous for their daring roller coasters that zoom at heart-palpitating speeds. Get ready to scream on roller coaters like Six Flags America’s Superman: Ride of Steel and Six Flags Discovery’s Medusa.

Want to get away from it all?
Let’s face it – this was a long year. Kick off the new year with new experiences and jet off for a beach getaway in the Bahamas or splash under waterfalls in sun-warmed Hawaii. TicketsatWork also offers great deals on hotels across the country.

Keeping Your Talent Begins With Letting Go: Untethering Employee Vacations

Project: Time Off

Do yourself a favor: Open your calendar and under January 30, 2018, type National Plan for Vacation Day. While we hope you’ll make getaway plans yourself, this day is, more than anything, an opportunity to strengthen your company.

TicketsatWork is focused on helping human resource departments create positive workplace cultures that foster healthy, happy, productive and dedicated employees.

To that end, we are supporting Project: Time Off, a nationwide initiative to raise awareness about the benefits of personal time for employees and their employers. The goal: ending the modern-day stigma tied to the taking of vacation days.

Did you know American workers forfeited 206 million vacation days last year? What’s more, only one in four employees actually “unplugs” from emails and work duties during vacation.

While some may wear their corporate dedication as a badge of honor, research shows taking time for vacation or leisure activities is essential to personal well-being, professional focus and job satisfaction, all which greatly impacts business results and employee retention.

In the lead-up to National Plan for Vacation Day, we’ll continue to share the latest research with you. All your colleagues – from entry-level to management – should understand the distinct corporate value of creating work-life balance. We’re excited to get you started.

Freedom from Tethered Vacations

Nearly eight out of every 10 Americans own a smartphone. Corporate connectivity has changed drastically in the past decade. As a matter of fact, odds are pretty good you’re reading this on your smartphone right now.

Yes, technology has allowed more people to work remotely, cutting down on wasteful commuting time, making operations more efficient and in many ways improving employee morale. That said, the tech-fueled transformation of the workplace has also destroyed boundaries, leaving employees plugged into work at night, on weekends and even on vacation.

As an HR representative, your goal is to create a positive, productive work environment that helps build a strong corporate brand. It’s also to attract and retain top talent, a task achieved by offering valuable benefits. Paid vacation ranks among the most important employee benefits, based on a 2017 survey of American workers by market-research expert GfK. In fact, of employees currently seeking a new job, 74 percent say paid vacation is either “extremely” or “very” important to them.

And when your company’s employees take vacation, are they encouraged to unplug from communication with the office? Unsupportive companies pay the price in terms of employee retention: 54% of employees believe their company culture supports unplugging; 28% say their culture is ambivalent about unplugging; 18% say their culture is unsupportive.

And, 40% of employees in cultures that do not support unplugging are looking or planning to look for a new job in the next year; just 21% of employees in supportive cultures say the same.

Creating a culture in which employees feel supported in leaving the office behind ultimately fosters an engaged workforce that is motivated and committed – all of which has a lasting impact.

Want to learn more? Check out the research and stats in The Tethered Vacation.

TicketsatWork is here to help

TicketsAtWork’s network of travel and entertainment providers enable your workforce to access the most popular destinations and activities, as well as the best deals. Our relationship with more than 40,000 employers and 50 million employees gives us the buying power to negotiate exclusive corporate discounts with hundreds of top travel and entertainment brands.

Your company is already part of the solution, recognizing the benefits of caring about workplace culture. As an HR representative, you also have the power to take the next step. Encourage your employees to unplug, have fun and recharge. And while you’re at it, make some vacation plans yourself.

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New Year, New Savings: Enter to Win a TicketsatWork Gift Card

New Year, New Savings with TicketsatWork

Hello, 2018! It’s time to kick off the new year in style. Here at TicketsatWork, we’re celebrating 2018 with our New Year, New Savings Sweepstakes

What’s better than experiencing Broadway shows, theme parks, movies and more? Saving big at the same time! This is your chance to win a $150 TicketsatWork gift card to be used on any of our great offers. All you have to do is follow TicketsatWork on Twitter, fill out the form and share the sweepstakes on Twitter or via email to win. The sweepstakes end on January 15, 2018.

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