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One-third of workers don’t feel comfortable taking vacation time

Companies can do more to foster a culture of well-being or risk losing talent.

Companies can do more to foster a culture of well-being, according to a survey released today by professional services firm Deloitte. Deloitte's Workplace Pulse survey found that roughly one in three respondents (33%) do not feel comfortable taking personal time off/vacation days. Moreover, nearly one-third (32%) say they've consistently placed work commitments over family/personal commitments and fewer than half (48%) say their organization as a whole values their life outside work.

The survey of more than 1,000 full-time employed adults also reinforces well-being as more than just a gender or generational issue. More men than women reported that in the past six months they consistently placed work commitments over family/personal commitments (35% vs. 27%). In addition, millennials are also struggling to balance work and well-being.

"These findings should serve as a wakeup call to organizations looking to retain and attract talent," said Mike Preston, Chief Talent Officer, Deloitte LLP. "Organizations are investing in more and more benefits and perks associated with well-being, like flexible work options and unlimited vacation days, aimed at winning the war for talent. But our survey shows businesses can do more to create a culture of well-being, which goes beyond offering generous programs and focuses on everyday behaviors. Well-being is not mutually exclusive to delivering value to clients, in fact it's important in any high performance culture."

Modeling Well-being Critical, Especially For Millennial Talent and Men
The data also offers a way to address these issues and it starts with ensuring leaders at all levels model well-being. More than a third of respondents say if they saw their direct managers (39%) and senior leadership (38%) prioritizing personal commitments over work, they would feel more comfortable doing the same.

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