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Richard DeFrank | June 1, 2012

Published on May 30, 2012

"If people are not taking that vacation time to get away from the pressure in the work environment, it may lead to an exacerbation of both physical and psychological problems,” said Richard DeFrank, associate professor of Management at the C. T. Bauer College of Business.

On Bauer Business Focus — A conversation on the importance of taking time off with Andrew Schneider, business reporter for KUHF 88.7 FM.

The recent Memorial Day holiday marked the unofficial start of the summer. While some travel and enjoy time off, many employees are not using the vacation days they receive from their employers.

Richard DeFrank, associate professor of management at the University of Houston C. T. Bauer College of Business, stopped by Bauer Business Focus recently to discuss how not taking a break from work can be harmful to your health and productivity.

“In the U.S., we get less vacation time than in any other industrialized nation, but with what time we receive, many employees don’t take what is due to them,” DeFrank said. “The problem is if people are not taking that vacation time to get away from the pressure in the work environment, it may lead to an exacerbation of both physical and psychological problems with the ongoing stress of the job.”

As ongoing stress at work wears on an employee, other factors play a role in the decision to not take a vacation from the pressure.

“I think there’s a lot of concern that if you take time off it may put you at a disadvantage, especially when times are tough and there are others looking for positions,” DeFrank added. “I think another deterrent from people taking vacation is a cost issue because many people see their vacation as time for the big trip, and it’s a major cost to people so they don’t take the time that is due to them.”

Click here to hear the full interview.

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