With only a few days until the official start of vacation season, money, anxiety and guilt are causing some workers to scrap their vacation plans.

More than a third (35 per cent) of workers say they haven’t gone on or aren’t planning to take a vacation in 2009; 71 per cent of those indicate it is because they just can’t afford it, according CareerBuilder’s annual vacation survey.

Taking a vacation doesn’t necessarily mean a clean break from the office. Half of employers say they expect employees to check in with the office while they are away, with 40 per cent indicating it’ll be necessary only if they are working on a big project or there is a major issue going on with the company.

Close to three-in-ten (28 per cent) workers say they plan to contact the office at least once, regardless of what they are working on, while they are on vacation.

“While the current economy may be causing workers anxiety about taking a vacation this year, a break from work is essential for maintaining healthy productivity levels in the office,” said Rosemary Haefner, vice-president of human resources at CareerBuilder. “Workers should plan ahead and make it a goal to use their vacation benefits; 15 per cent reported that they didn’t use all of their allotted time last year.

Utilizing your time off is even more important now due to the added responsibilities and pressure that some workers may be faced with due to the current economic situation.”

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