What, no vacation!?

You’re thinking of skipping your vacation again this year? How do you keep moving forward if you are burnt out?

I believe we are among the hardest working people in the world, and I also believe we receive the fewest vacation days from our employers. So why is it that every year we tend to throw away an estimated 415 million vacation days by skipping vacation! Personally or professionally, not taking time off from work can prove to be more harmful than beneficial for you or your organization. Why should you be going on vacation?

1. Revive your productivity and with it, your team’s – and remember, your family is also your “team”
We all know that small breaks throughout the day help us over the short term, but it’s vital that we take longer breaks from work to sustain and even build our creativity and productivity. Being away from your work environment for a longer period of time will help you gain a fresh perspective about your work, as well as providing you with the opportunity to pursue your other interests. By skipping your vacation, you can have a negative effect on the organization’s morale, as well as that of your family. It creates frustration and resentment and the desire to move forward in your goals. Professionally, your team may think that if the boss isn’t taking a vacation then maybe they had better not take one either.

2. Vacation time is a part of your compensation; it’s not a job “perk”
Remember when you applied for the job? Weren’t you allotted a certain number of vacation days per year as part of the compensation package? Vacation time should not be viewed as “perk”. It’s an investment. An investment in your health, the well-being of not only yourself but that of your family. Would you not accept a monetary bonus at the end of the year? Of course, you would! That’s how we need to think of vacations. Bonus time to relax and rejuvenate, build bonds with family and friends.

3. Serve as a role model for others
Whether you are in a leadership role, an employee and/or a parent, you need to take a vacation! Employees, and children will look to you for guidance on what is allowed and what is frowned upon. What you model at work will determine what your employees do. Despite the workloads that may be building on your desks, it is still very important to take time off work in order to maintain your effectiveness in your role. Same concept personally. Your children look up to you for guidance. Showing them self-care allows them to know that it is okay, even important, to take care of themselves mentally and physically.

4. Whether a stay-cation, traveling within the US or internationally, show your team they can manage without you!
While we all like to think that we’re indispensable, the reality is we need to encourage overall morale and wellness. Taking time off from work will encourage team members to develop strategies and abilities that will help them learn how to effectively hold down the fort while you’re away. And the best way we can encourage this is to make sure everyone takes their vacations so that they might bring a fresh perspective and new ideas on how to attain their shared goals.

Hopefully, this will encourage you to understand why skipping your next vacation is so not worth it! You’d be surprised who’s watching your journey, be an inspiration and just keep moving! Your employer AND your family will be glad that you did!

Life doesn’t have to be perfect to be wonderful!
Carol

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