India is a country where people work very hard to live a fun life. But did you know that ironically, Indians are the only people in the entire world who are deprived of vacations because of its work culture?
This year 75% of the Indians were surveyed by the US travel based agency and told them that they are deprived of vacations. This is the highest in the entire world and more importantly, this number has increased from the last year’s 60%. Comparing the other least deprived nations are Spain and UK where only 47% and 48% of the population feels that they deprived of real vacations.
About one-third of Indians said that they go six months to a year without a good holiday and majority said that they take one to ten days off a year. Whereas in Spain people said that they had taken 21 to 30 days off and half the respondents in the UK also did the same.
But the culprit was not the boss or the authorities of the company. It was the financial crisis and the burden of the work. Many Indians also worry about missing the important decisions and discussions whilst they were off for vacations. 18% of the people who were surveyed said that they believed that successful rarely take no off at all.
The researchers said,
“We dug deeper to understand reasons which are keeping Indians away from taking vacations and realised that Indians are the least to get a free pass while vacationing,” Manmeet Ahluwalia, marketing head of Expedia, said in a statement. “They are expected to be available to their colleagues (34%) and supervisors (32%), making 34% (of) Indians check their mails at least once per day.”
As a result, around 40% of the Indians strongly agreed to the fact that they had a difficult time to leave the work behind but the majority of them tended to have fun on the vacations.
This is no surprise where only the fortunate ones had the luxury to balance the work life and fun life. Despite employers becoming considerate now, still, the employees feel trapped at work and working for long stressful hours every year, which apparently also include the weekend.