Vacation Shaming - SOL With Your OOO

man drinking from coconut on holiday

At this time of year, many of us look forward to embarking on a well-deserved break from the daily grind of 9-5 work life. However, a relatively new trend is becoming increasingly prevalent - one which can make such a simple but important goal seem irresponsible and a dereliction of duty. This trend is known as Vacation Shaming and can be defined as:


“a work environment where co-workers and bosses use peer pressure and guilt trips to discourage employees from taking time off."

Leslie Stevens-Huffman, Dice.


Vacation shaming is most common among millennials who list nervousness and guilt as the prime reasons for neglecting to take the holidays to which they're entitled. What factors are contributing to this reluctance to accept annual leave? Work martyrs sending colleagues on guilt trips as soon as they raise the subject of taking paid time off (PTO). Management need to set the tone around this issue and take necessary measures to ensure such a toxic culture cannot develop.

What is the solution?

Resist the temptation to adopt a defeatist attitude. Simply because the practice of vacation shaming is gaining ground does not mean that you're SOL with your OOO. On the contrary, instead of acceding to pressure, be resilient and defend your right to your hard earned holiday time. If necessary, support your choice with research showing how overworking employees is actually counterproductive.


Bon voyage ( & Bon courage!).