According to a recent study done by the U.S. Travel Association’s “Project: Time Off” campaign, American workers report using almost a full week less of vacation leave than they did 20 years ago. And, only about 60% of American workers use all of their time off.
What’s the result? Stressed-out, overwhelmed and unhappy workers. The study says “wasted vacation days undermine our personal, business and economic well-being.”
I couldn’t agree more. Time off from work gives me a chance to reconnect with my family. It gives me a break from my hectic schedule and allows me time to reflect on the work I’ve done and the work I need to do in the future.
One of my most favorite places to visit is the JW Marriott Scottsdale Camelback Inn Resort in Arizona. For nearly 50 years, my family has spent spring break at this beautiful
hotel. My father loved Camelback. It was very special to him—and now to me.
I’ve also spent the last few Christmas holidays at the Fort Lauderdale Marriott Harbor Beach Resort & Spa—another one of my favorite hotels.
So many memories have been made with my children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. I treasure the times we’ve spent there… getting away from busy schedules and work demands—just to reconnect with one another.
Don’t be a “work martyr.” Do your job well and work hard, but take the vacation you deserve. In the end it makes you more fulfilled. Your family will be better served and your work will be more focused and more productive.
Take a break to make memories with those you love. Maybe stop in at the Camelback Inn or Harbor Beach – or any one of our other 4,400 properties – to recharge, reconnect and come back to the workforce feeling refreshed.
I’m Bill Marriott and thanks for helping me keep Marriott on the move.