Monday, June 18, 2007
When it comes to taking a holiday, it's best to be Finnish, and (not quite) the worst to be American. A new study ranks countries by their paid time-off policies.
In Finland workers must get a minimum of 30 days paid vacation plus up to 14 paid holidays a year! That makes it the country with the most generous paid time off laws out of 49 nations surveyed by human resource consulting firm Mercer.
Besides getting less vacation than workers in many other countries, Americans often don't use all the time that they do get, and what vacation they take is spent in small slices and often in contact with the office, according to findings from other studies. Unlike in most other countries, there is no federal law mandating that companies pay employees for time off or that they grant them a minimum amount of vacation days unpaid.
So, Minna, can you give us any more skinny on paid vacations in your beautiful country?