When I left my last job, I owed THEM 2 DAYS vacation because I was overdrawn.
Here, we get 8 paid stat holidays (Christmas, Boxing Day, New Year's Day, Good Friday, Victoria Day, Canada Day, 1st Monday in August (Provincial Holiday), Thanksgiving), plus my former employer started everyone with 15 days paid vacation plus we had paid days off between Christmas and New Years (it was a university and we were paid for the time it was closed.
I always took all my vacation.
I only worked with one person who didn't. She was a workaholic, the LEAST efficient and effective person because she rarely took a break. She was always there late, always in on weekends, and quite frankly, almost never got anything done. The rest of us, took every moment of vacation seriously - from the top dog down to the newest staffer.
I think it is so important to take that time away. I'm self employed now and we took a 4 day vacation last week. I checked email and worked for an hour on Thursday night and then packed it in, took work off my mind and had a ball! I came back re-energized and have had a hugely productive week and...IT'S ONLY TUESDAY!