All Work and No Play – Americans have stopped taking vacations. And that’s bad for business.
As a nation of stressed-out workaholics, we need to shift our priorities, and be-dare I suggest it?-more like the Europeans, who down tools for weeks at a time without seeing their lives and economies fall apart. We should encourage sabbaticals with some sort of stipend that allows us weeks or even months away from the office. During our officially sanctioned absences, we’d be free to travel, take cooking classes, write that crime novel or do anything as long as it has nothing to do with work. If sabbaticals are accepted as the norm, careers won’t suffer. We’d be more balanced, less harried and probably a lot more interesting as individuals.