By: Richard Coad [MDB Chief Creative Officer]
The workforce of the United States has always been known for its "nose to the grindstone" approach. We have always been ranked as one of the most competitive countries in the world. However, while U.S. workers average longer hours than those in other countries, most receive only ten days vacation each year. By comparison, European countries offer more than 30 vacation days a year and shorter hours.
The logical conclusion would be to say U.S. productivity far exceeds that of our European friends.
On the contrary, despite longer vacations and shorter hours, some European countries are more productive than the U.S. Countries like Belgium and the Netherlands offer employees between 28 and 30 vacation days a year and they are 2% more productive than U.S. workers.
One could argue that more vacation time has a positive effect on productivity. Does that mean less vacation has a negative effect?