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Week of June 4, 2012

Published on June 4, 2012

FOR MANY WORKERS, SUMMER IS NO TIME FOR FUN IN THE SUN

Summer brings to mind many images — lazy days on the beach, road trips across the country with family and a sense of relaxation you just can’t seem to find any other time of year. But for many Americans, summer is no longer an option for time away from the office. According to Richard DeFrank, an associate professor from the University of Houston Bauer College who studies workplace issues, workers in the U.S. are increasingly choosing to work through September without taking the vacation time allotted to them by employers. A shaky economy and fear of being seen negatively keeps employees on the clock, DeFrank says, which has the potential to negatively impact productivity and health in the office.

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