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A string of companies and government employers have considered implementing seemingly worker-friendly time-off policies. @molly_lipson (she/her) explains if these "leave" policies are really helpful at all. ⬇️ businessinsider.com/time-off-vacat…

Companies are offering benefits like menstrual leave, unlimited PTO, and four-day work weeks. But workers still don't feel like they can take a break.

businessinsider.com/time-off-vacat…

Time-off policies are more generous than ever. So why does everyone feel more burned out than ever?

The roots of our overworked and burned-out culture stretches back decades. Over the 20th century, the workforce shifted from labor-intensive factory work to office-based white-collar work. businessinsider.com/time-off-vacat…

But as @Insider's @Aki Ito explained, something flipped in the 1980s when "hustle culture" — valuing the appearance of working longer and harder — took over the workplace. businessinsider.com/hustle-culture…

 A text graphic with a quote from Aki Ito, senior correspondent at Insider, which reads: "Working long hours was suddenly the ultimate status symbol, a peculiarly American form of humblebrag."

This creeping invasion of work into our personal time has only worsened as technology improved, Lipson says. The internet and ever-present devices ramp up the pressure for employees to continue working while at home or on the move. businessinsider.com/time-off-vacat…

Study report attribution text graphic which reads: "Only 41% of employees said that their company promoted taking time off, and 32% of employees said that their workload made it difficult for them to take time off according to a 2018 study by the American Psychological Association.”

Employers have put on a friendlier face when it comes to time off in recent years, trying to attract workers with more generous policies, but in many cases these promises are just for show, Lipson writes. businessinsider.com/time-off-vacat…

Many companies don't adjust their expectations based on their new leave policies. Abigail Marks (@Abigail Marks), a professor at @NCL Business School who focuses on the future of work, explained this tension in relation to the four-day workweek. businessinsider.com/time-off-vacat…

A text graphic with a quote from Abigail Marks, professor at Newcastle University Business School, which reads: "Many employers aren't in a place to suddenly reduce workloads, so employees will probably have to cram five days' worth of work into four."

But companies that have implemented policies like the four-day workweek still expect the same amount of work done. Studies have shown that the pile of work that people return to quickly ramps up the stress and dashes any benefit from the time off. businessinsider.com/time-off-vacat…

Study report attribution text graphic which reads: "Almost two-thirds of workers reported the benefits of vacation faded ‘within a few days’ according to a 2018 study by the American Psychological Association.”

Giving workers a break requires adjusting their workload. It doesn't make sense to offer employees 30 days of leave a year without adjusting their workload by 30 days' worth of work, Lipson says. businessinsider.com/time-off-vacat…

Without companies addressing their culture around taking time off, workers often get punished for trying to manage their well-being. In many cases, that results in employees simply hiding their problems, Lipson writes. businessinsider.com/time-off-vacat…

A text graphic with a quote from Alison Unsted, the CEO of the UK's City Mental Health Alliance, which reads: "Your organization might create this wonderful, very flexible mental-health-leave policy, but if it's not a place where you feel safe to either talk about the fact that you're having mental-health struggles, those policies are kind of redundant."

The reality is that employees often feel unable to use their time off appropriately, are refused it, or find out the hard way that the work itself is too stressful to allow for restful time away from their desks. businessinsider.com/time-off-vacat…

A text graphic with a quote from Molly Lipson, Freelance writer reporting for Insider, which reads: "The hypocrisy of time-off policies makes it clear that they seem to benefit the employer much more than workers themselves."

This kind of treatment shouldn't be exceptional. Taking time off isn't slacking off or proof that an employee lacks work ethic — it's a sign of a healthy work-life balance. businessinsider.com/time-off-vacat…

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