How many weeks holidays a year do you take?
From a health perspective, I feel North Americans are overworked to the point where I frequently hear comments like "I am not taking all of my 3 weeks off this year because I don't want to be swamped when I get back." !!!
Isn't that terrible?
In Canada, we do not typically get the same amount of paid holiday time as say, our European counterparts do.
Typically, when starting a new job, you do not get any paid holidays in the first year. In the 2nd year, you may get 2 weeks. After 5 years, 3 weeks and after 10 years, 4 weeks.
That's pretty dismal.
Some workplaces will allow non paid leave, some won't.
One of D's biggest wishes is to have more time off. He would take it in lieu of a pay raise.
It has been 2 years since he started working for a large corporation. They started him with 3 weeks off a year and it will not reach 4 weeks until he's worked 10 years. The maximum paid time off available in his company is 5 wks at 20 years of service.
Am I the only one who thinks that's ridiculous?!
He is lucky that he is able to work remote, so that he can be out at the ski condo for a few weeks and still be working. If we get Internet at the cottage, he would benefit that way too. But what about the people who are not able to do this?
Much of the stress I see in my work is due to work. I realize there is no "perfect" job but I feel that the amount of time off given in North America is not enough for people to really detach from their work properly.
Our plan is to have D start taking non paid time off once we finish paying off our mortgages in approx. 5 years.