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By David Perera April 20, 2007

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Managers are more likely than underlings to take vacation time, according to a new survey of U.S. workers.

New York-based employment agency Hudson found that 53 percent of managers “have plans to take both a full vacation and a long weekend compared to 44 percent of non-managers.”

All workers generally fail to make full use of vacation time, with a clear majority â€" 56 percent â€" reporting that they will not make full use of their annual vacation days.

About half â€" 49 percent â€" said they get 11 or more vacation days per year. The survey has a margin of error of 2.4 percent.

The survey also shows that even though managers tend to take more vacation than the proletariat, they also have a harder time relaxing. Thirty five percent of managers, compared with 14 percent of non-managers, say they check in frequently with the office while on vacation. “Finally, 27 percent of managers return to the office more stressed than they were when they left. That is true for only 16 percent of non-managers,” according to Hudson. (A Time Magazine editorial makes the same point.)

Hat tip: Information Week

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