Anyone who's labored in post-recession, mobile-technology-fueled America will tell you what a drag it is to take a vacation. For starters, it's tough enough to find a job, and without government-guaranteed vacation time, some people worry that they will be overtaken by competitors for their jobs.
But there are plenty of other reasons nearly 40% of American labor refuses to use all of their paid vacation days. Even greater than the fear of getting replaced is the belief that no one else can do the job the vacationer does, which seems a bit misguided considering how replaceable we found many workers to be during the nation's most recent economic crisis. But that's the kind of confidence that makes America great!
Other reasons workers don't take vacation include not being able to afford it and, the most prevalent cause of vacation apprehension, the mound of work that awaits upon the worker's return. Here you can see a visual breakdown of the reasons workers give for not taking their vacation time: