We may desire taking time off from work and recognize the benefits. Yet, even if we are given more paid time off from work, we often don't take it.  What stops you from taking paid time off from work?

Too much work, hard to find support to cover43%

Saving time for something better or unknown45%

Costs too much, don't have enough money33%

Feel guilty or ashamed22%

Discouraged by boss19%

Fear of being replaced or impacting career progression19%

Fear of missing out16%

Unable to fully disconnect21%

Too complicated to request time off7%

Taking time to make a good plan to spend time off11%

Creates more work for me later, not energizing11%


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Director, Information Security in Education, 1,001 - 5,000 employees
Working in Information Security, the biggest reason for me—especially post COVID—is that I still end up getting pulled in for “urgent stuff” as the only full time person doing the work in my department. We have a part time student and one other person covering super critical things, but this doesn’t give the coverage we need.

So 4/5 times I end up still working while using the vacation time I am entitled to and I genuinely feel there’s no point to use it if I’m going to work “for free”.

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Crisis management23%

Personal accountability24%



Continuous learning14%



Relationship management10%


Other (please specify)0%



Lead digital business/transformation initiatives26%

Upgrade IT and data security44%

Identify new data-driven business opportunities15%

Collaborate with business leaders on customer initiatives4%

Help reach specific goals for corporate revenue growth11%


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Chief Technology Officer in Software, 51 - 200 employees
My personal experience. 

I usually get the feedback and go back with data driven analysis providing details to cross leaders to understand the context and make decision basis data and and not gut feeling. 
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Without a doubt - Technical Debt! It's a ball and chain that creates an ever increasing drag on any organization, stifles innovation, and prevents transformation.
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