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Why Americans take only half their vacation time

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Americans are lousy about taking vacations, and it's not only because the U.S. is the sole industrialized country that doesn't guarantee paid days off."Fear is still motivating people to not be away from the workplace," even though concerns about layoffs have mitigated since the recession, said Rusty Rueff, a career and workplace expert at employment site Glassdoor.

Yeah, I've known a lot of people who lost vacation time because they were afraid to use it and lose their jobs while they were on vacation. Also many jobs don't stop just because you're on vacation.

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