THE QUESTION

All work and no play?

The South Korean government has a problem: Employees are working too much. The average government worker takes only six of 23 vacation days. How important is time off? Should those who opt not to take it be forced to?

Posted by Success Editors on April 15, 2010 12:00 AM
FROM THE PANEL

Disconnecting

I just can't let work go. So I definitely don't follow what I think is the best solution or healthiest practice -- vacation, without a laptop.

Posted by Marissa Levin, on April 18, 2010 5:17 PM

No mandates

Of course, vacations are helpful to all of us. But you can't force someone to relax.

Posted by Jan Scruggs, on April 15, 2010 2:41 PM

Adirondack reverie

What do they know that we don't? The average U.S. worker gets 15 paid vacation days and 10 holidays a year. France and Finland: 30 vacation days, 10 holidays. Germany: 24 and 10. Austria: 25 and 13.

Posted by Patricia McGuire, on April 15, 2010 12:01 AM

We need a 'time-out'

Work is more personal with us. It actually defines us. For South Koreans, it's more like a national comitment to boost the country -- and they did it.

Posted by Cleve Francis, on April 15, 2010 12:01 AM

Time (off) well spent

If President Obama can take time off to catch his daughter's soccer game, so can you.

Posted by Nell Minow, on April 15, 2010 12:00 AM

Doing as you say

Thousands of studies have shown that an increase in time off results in an increase in productivity.

Posted by Misti Burmeister, on April 15, 2010 12:00 AM

It's all about balance

Some people, even when on vacation, aren't able to plug into the moment to enjoy the sun, the drink they're holding, the kids playing beside them. In many ways they have not left work at all.

Posted by Hile Rutledge, on April 15, 2010 12:00 AM

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