iOS app Android app More
August 20, 2014

40 Percent of American Workers Will Leave Paid Vacation Days Unused

An important new study released this morning by Travel Effect found that 40 percent of American workers will leave paid vacation days unused. The four reasons cited the most are the dread of returning from a vacation to piles of work (40 percent), the belief that no one will be able to step in and do their job for them while they're gone (35 percent), not being able to afford it (33 percent) and the fear of being seen as replaceable (22 percent). "Americans suffer from a work martyr complex," said Roger Dow, President and CEO of the U.S. Travel Association. "In part, it's because 'busyness' is something we wear as a badge of honor." Clearly, we need to work harder about working smarter -- by not working all the time. The "work martyr" complex needs to go the way of the Dictaphone, typewriter and green eyeshades as relics of the workplace of the past (okay, I like typewriters, but you get the idea).

HORROR: ISIS Appears To Behead U.S. Journalist...

Foley
YouTube

Threatens To Kill Second Reporter... REPORT: White House Knew About Threat To Foley's Life... Family: 'Never Prouder Of Our Son'

McConnell Warms Up To The Idea Of Another Government Shutdown

Mcconnell
Getty

More Politics
Hillary Nowhere To Be Found.. Jindal Blocked.. Ryan Rewind.. Experts: Cops Shoot To Kill.. Enzi Win

Deadly Israeli Airstrikes Strike Gaza Amid Hail Of Rocket Fire

Gaza
Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

More WorldPost
In Liberia's Frontline.. Taliban Fight.. Summer Magic!.. A Sham Trial.. Hit Ebola Song.. Trained For Fear

9 Charts That Show America's Coming Student Loan Apocalypse

Arne Duncan
Alex Wong via Getty Images

Man Killed In St. Louis Officer-Involved Shooting Identified

Officer Involved Shooting St Louis
Facebook

More Crime
Body In Mineshaft.. Cop's Racist Rant.. Baby Methadone.. Christy Mack.. Lookalike, Missing Moms

WATCH: Lone Man Attempts To Take On Crowd Of Looters In Ferguson

Looters
Fox Detroit

More Black Voices
Oprah And Diana.. Kanye's Civil Rights Fight.. FLOTUS' Style Inspiration.. Sherri's Baby Drama

New York Post Hits A New Low With James Foley Coverage

James Foley

More Media
Come On, Obama!.. Awful Time.. Tamron Breaks Down.. Ugh, Donald.. Gregory's $$$.. Ouch, BriWi!

No Charges In 3 Deadly Beatings At Rikers Island, Despite Homicide Rulings

Rikers Island
ASSOCIATED PRESS

Slum Sealed Off To Stop Spread Of Ebola

Monrovia
John Moore via Getty Images

More Bad News For Target

Target Store
Justin Sullivan via Getty Images

More Business
Ferguson McDonald's Power.. Inversions Debunked.. Worth Of $100 In Each State.. Big Wendy's Drama

ISIS Kicks Off Major Syrian Offensive

Islamic State
AP

An Easy Way To Get Even With Terrible Customer Service Reps

Step 1
Harry Bradford/HuffPost

More Tech
Yell At Your Phone.. Musk ALS Challenge.. Ferguson On Twitter.. Pop-Up Apology.. Amazon Phone 'Trap'

Undocumented Immigrants' Urgent Plea To Obama

Jose Antonio Vargas
Bloomberg via Getty Images

Boehner's Troubles With Conservatives May Only Get Worse

John Boehner
Tom Williams via Getty Images

Man Beaten And Shot After Reporting Cross-Burning In Yard

Craig Wilson
WLBT TV

Support Grows For Officer Who Killed Michael Brown

Darren Wilson
ASSOCIATED PRESS

Fewer Than Half Of American Students Are Ready For College

Empty Desks College Board
Alex Wong via Getty Images

Police In Standoff With Men Holding Woman, Children Hostage

Harvey Hostage Situation
ASSOCIATED PRESS

Rick Perry Turns Himself In

Rick Perry
Travis County Court

Judge Blocks Bobby Jindal's Move To Scrap Common Core Tests

Bobby Jindal
Bloomberg via Getty Images

GOP Sen. Wins Much-Anticipated Primary

Mike Enzi
ASSOCIATED PRESS

Missouri GOPer Denounces Voter Registration Efforts In Ferguson

Voter Registration
Blend Images - Hill Street Studios via Getty Images

The Horrific Risk Of Gun Violence For Black Kids In America

Black Children Gun Deaths
The Huffington Post

DISGRACEFUL: 1 In 4 Military Households Must Rely On Food Banks

Food Bank Military
The Washington Post via Getty Images

More Impact
Obama Nixes Challenge.. Help Ferguson Kids.. Robin Williams' Sweet Friendship.. Haircuts For Poor

Facebook Quietly Makes Friends With State Lawmakers Across The Country

Silicon Valley Campaign Contributions
Darren Abate/Invision/AP

Scientists To Florida Gov: Climate Change Is A Threat To State's Future

Rick Scott Florida
Joe Raedle via Getty Images

'I Will Personally Pay For Every Member Of The Westboro Baptist Church To Fly To Iraq Right Now'

Adam Hills Westboro Baptist
YouTube

Possible Ebola Case Reported In California

Ebola
Fuse via Getty Images

VOLCANO ALERT: Thousands Of Intense Earthquakes Rock Iceland

Iceland Volcano
ASSOCIATED PRESS

Flash Floods Ravage Arizona

Arizona
ASSOCIATED PRESS

More Green
Fuel Spill.. Willie And Neil Unite.. Perfect Wave.. Smiling Belugas.. Alarming Bird Deaths.. Frogs In Fridge?

Ferguson Hired Officer Who Allegedly Hit Children

Ferguson Police Headquarters
Michael B. Thomas via Getty Images

Woman Shot 7-Year-Old Grandson After Mistaking Him For Intruder, Police Say

Accidental Shooting
WTSP

How Detroit's Water Crisis Is Part Of A Much Bigger Problem

Detroit Water
Joshua Lott via Getty Images

When Cops Shoot, They're Trained To Kill... Not To Wound

Police Deadly Force
ASSOCIATED PRESS

Follow HuffPost

    1. HuffPost
    1. HuffPost
    1. Most Popular on HuffPost
    2. Latest News
    3. View all RSS feeds

'Game Of Thrones' Star Completely Lost It During Strongest Man Competition

Mountain
HBO

More TV
Tina Fey Strikes Out.. The Best Of Jesse Pinkman.. Downton Cast Reacts To Photo.. Emmys Predictions

Erin Andrews' Biggest Regret About Infamous Richard Sherman Interview

Richard Sherman Erin Andrews
Fox Sports

More HuffPost Live
Hacking Reporter Slams Piers Morgan.. Dick Cavett.. Tori Amos.. JWoww Talks Sex.. Mira Sorvino

This 1950s Photo Essay On Civil Rights-Era America Is As Relevant As Ever

Ice

More Arts
WTF Renaissance Art.. What Orgasms Really Look Like.. NYC Street Art Guide.. Who Is FKA Twigs?

Let's Clear Up Some Lies You've Been Told About Vaginas

Vagina
Mark Lewis via Getty Images

More Gay Voices
Pop Star Sam Smith Opens Up About Dating.. Noah's Ark Theme Park Will Not Hire Gay People

WATCH: 'SNL' Alum 'Tries Out' For NBA Dance Squad

Lovabulls
YouTube/Chicago Bulls

More Comedy
This Is What It's Like To Be A Female Comedian.. LOL CIA.. The Price Of One Joke.. Blow Job Thoughts

The Most Important Thing You Can Do Before Going To Bed

Woman Going To Bed
Nancy Brown via Getty Images

More Fifty
Anti-Aging Advice.. Empty Nest Syndrome.. Robin Williams.. Find Love After 50.. 9 Powerful Grandparents

3 Bizarre Fairy Tales Disney Would Never Turn Into Movies

Brothers Grimm
Brothers Grimm

More Books
Southern Stories.. Book Nerd Glossary.. OkCupid Comic.. Crime Fiction And Technology.. Awful Poetry

There Are Many Butts In Nicki Minaj's NSFW New Video

Nicki Minaj
Vevo

More Entertainment
Paul Rudd's Ant-Man Debut.. Tarantino Deaths.. T. Swift Backlash.. Robin Williams Netflix.. Haim

'Sideshow' Stunt Stops Traffic On Golden Gate Bridge

Sideshow
Instagram

Awwww!

Kitten High Five
YouTube / Matt Rann

Kids' Drawings Predict Intelligence Later In Life, New Study Shows

Childrens Drawings Intelligence
Twins Early Development Study/King's College

More Science
Black Hole Riddle.. Kids' Drawings & Intelligence.. Why Pygmies Are So Short.. Rover Runs Into Trouble

Gap Wants You To 'Dress Normal'

Gap Zosia
Gap

More Style
Pharrell's Hat.. Fall Trends To Buy & Skip.. NYC Skin.. A Plus-Size Denim Solution.. Sunburn Help.. Braids!

Japanese Chefs Recommend 9 Lesser-Known Foods

More Taste
Game-Changing Paninis.. Potato Heaven.. America's Burger Styles.. Mayo Sauces.. Raw Food Diet

WATCH: Heroic Truck Driver Pulls 2 From Flaming Wreckage

Truck Driver Burning Car
YouTube

More Good News
Tenacious Tortoise.. Mom Persuades Thief To Return Car.. Pit Bull Licks Bunny.. Kind Surprise

Big Sleep Mystery Solved

Older People Sleep
baranozdemir via Getty Images

More Healthy Living
Reasons To Start Running.. Why We Grieve Celebs.. Stop Self-Sabotage.. Going Vegan.. Sunburn

Tech-Free Travel Can Change Your Life, For Reals

Techfree
Modis

More Travel
Italian Oasis.. Street View Sounds... Yorkshire ♥.. World's Biggest Pool.. Travel Jobs.. North Korea Surfing

This Is the Most Insane Motorcycle Crash Ever

Crash
YouTube

More Weird
Stranger In House.. Fake Death.. Lawn Chair Sex.. Mugshot Inception.. Another Human Barbie

How A Simple Request Sparked George Takei's 27-Year Love Story

George Takei Brad Altman Wedding
OWN

More OWN
Biggest Takeout Mistakes.. George Takei's True Love.. Signs You Have Adult ADD.. Best Summer Reads

New Research Reshapes Theories About Titanic Disaster

Hms Titanic
Wikimedia Commons

WATCH: I Divorced My Husband, Then Married My Best Female Friend

Married Friends
HuffPost Live

Can Potatoes Be Part Of A Healthy Diet?

Potato Health Benefits
Adam Gault via Getty Images

What A Female Orgasm Really Looks Like (NSFW)

Org

15 Tips To Fall Asleep, Stay Asleep And Wake Up Refreshed

Sleep Tips
Tara Moore via Getty Images

Forget Bridezillas, The New Bad Bride Is A Bridechilla

Indecisive Bride
Creative_Outlet via Getty Images

More Weddings
SJP As Bridesmaid.. Spirit Animal.. Emotional Moment.. Newlywed Advice.. Owl Ring Bearer

10 Colleges With The Most Polite Students

This Is The World's Most Pleasant City To Live In

Melbourne Skyline
Vince Caligiuri via Getty Images

Leo Doesn't Look Like This Anymore

Leonardo Dicaprio
Dan Steinberg/Invision/AP

Here's What $100 Is Worth In Each State

100map
The Tax Foundation

More Business
Ferguson McDonald's Power.. Inversions Debunked.. Worth Of $100 In Each State.. Big Wendy's Drama

Like Father, Like Son

Jack Nicholson
Kevin Mazur via Getty Images

More Celebrity
J.Lo & Casper Photo.. Zoe Confirms BIG News.. Ugh, Farrah!.. #IceBucketVids.. Matthew's Fanny Pack