About a quarter of Denver area workers won’t cash in vacation time before 2018, survey shows

“Everyone can use a break every now and then,” said regional president for Robert Half, Karen Policastro.

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A group of engineers work at desks in an office at the Mountain States Telephone and Telegraph Co. building at 1421 Champa St. circa 1910-1920. (Denver Public Library Western History Collection/CHS.X7491)

A group of engineers work at desks in an office at the Mountain States Telephone and Telegraph Co. building at 1421 Champa St. circa 1910-1920. (Denver Public Library Western History Collection/CHS.X7491)

The desire to bank vacation time for later and too much work to do are the top reasons roughly a quarter of Denver-area workers will finish 2017 without taking all their vacations, according to a new survey from Robert Half.

The staffing company headquartered in Menlo Park, California, found 74 percent of Denver-area workers planned to use up their vacation time by the end of the year. Almost a fifth of workers (18 percent) said they planned to work the entire week between Christmas and New Year’s Day, according to Robert Half.

Two-thirds of workers who will take time off around Christmas said they’ll regularly be checking into the office. The regional president for Robert Half, Karen Policastro, said both workers and their bosses should try to find time to steal away.

“You want to be sensitive and aware of the risk of burnout of your employees if they’re leaving too much time on the table because they don’t feel they don’t feel can take a vacation due to workload,” Policastro said.

“From the worker side, if you didn’t get to take all your time this year and year-end snuck up on you, plan ahead next year,” she said.

Make vacation plans early and stick to them, Policastro said. “Everyone can use a break every now and then.”

For the survey, Robert Half asked 2,700 people in 27 major metro areas —including Denver, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York City and San Francisco— about their vacation times. The survey was conducted in October.

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Business & data reporter Adrian D. Garcia can be reached via email at agarcia@denverite.com or twitter.com/adriandgarcia.