No-Vacation Nation

No-Vacation Nation

Why is America the ‘No-Vacation Nation’?

Source: CNN.com

Author: A. Pawlowski

Date: May 23, 2011

Excerpt:

      Let’s be blunt: If you like to take lots of vacation, the United States is not the place to work.

Besides a handful of national holidays, the typical American worker bee gets two or three precious weeks off out of a whole year to relax and see the world — much less than what people in many other countries receive.

And even that amount of vacation often comes with strings attached. Some U.S. companies don’t like employees taking off more than one week at a time. Others expect them to be on call or check their e-mail even when they’re lounging on the beach or taking a hike in the mountains.

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Talking points

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Here are some questions you may wish to discuss with your partner or classmates:

How much vacation do you have each year from school or work?

Do you think it is a fair amount? Is it too much or too little?

What do you usually do with your vacation time?

Do you agree that American workers should have as much vacation time as Europeans?

Should the government mandate vacation time?

What would happen to the economy if people took more time off from work?

What would you do if your boss asked you to take more (or less) vacation time?

Vocabulary from this article:

The following words and expressions appear in this article. See The Free Dictionary for definitions.

blunt

handful

precious

(the) norm

cringe

(be) spoiled

lounge(-ing)

robot(s)

mandate(d)

consult(ing)

obligate(d)

retain

layoff(s)

leisure

maximize

document(ing)

device(s)

getaway

cruise

appetite

pace

workplace

tease(s)

traction

anti-capitalist

Expressions

worker bee

(with) strings attached

human resources

federal law

annual leave

take off

running joke

pull (something) off

a difficult story

to death

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