Tomorrow is August 1. Have you taken any personal time off (PTO) yet this year? I mean a real disconnect-from-the-electronics, no-calls-from-the-office, spending-time-doing-non-work-fun-things actual vacation time off to reset?
Working nonstop without a break hurts you, your relationships, and your overall performance (whether at work or personally). YOU ARE NOT THAT IMPORTANT -- take your friggin allocated time off and recharge.
You may think I’m being dramatic, but I’m not. So many people are fearful of taking advantage of the benefits their company offers or of losing their jobs that it impacts their ability to be an accomplished employee.
Half of Americans do NOT use their vacation time, and even when they do 66% report they work during vacation.
A Forbes article states, “When we look at the top reasons why people are not taking vacation time, it boils down to fear…The number one reason is that people fear getting behind, or that no one else at their company can do the work, or they feel they can never be disconnected.” Again, you are not that important.
In my work at Balance Integration where we consult for huge multi-million dollar corporations, fear of leaving the desk is a main reason for not participating in wellness programming. Programming the company WANTS YOU to take advantage of and spends lots of dough on.
Is this fear self-manifested and all in the head? It depends. Sure, there are supervisors who give their staff the stink eye if not chained to their desk.
But those supervisors are short-sighted and typically actually cost the company in poor morale, ability to concentrate and be efficient with time and a resulting lack of trust. Yes, trust!
Mega-company GE, who offers unlimited vacation (sidebar: companies who do so still only see a portion of their workforce use it), states “Management has recognized that that trusting employees rather than imposing rigid demands is empowering, leading to greater success.”
Be bold! Trust yourself, your co-workers and employees to decide whether they are needed at the desk or if he/she can accomplish more by working from home, taking a break or attending to a difficult personal situation. From what I’ve seen, it will result in a more committed and attentive employee.
So, take a moment now to map out how you will use your remaining vacation days for the year. Eliminate guilt by planning for it. Time it around a slower season or when a co-working can cover for you. If you’re a team leader, you will be setting a good example.
And if you’re looking for a more formal way to reset, revive and recharge, sign up for our upcoming Montauk Retreat, 9/14-16. Early bird pricing ends tomorrow, August 1st and I’m happy to answer any questions.
What are the benefits of a reset, staycation or vacation?
- Decreased stress
- Improved mental health
- Increased creativity
- Better physical health
- Closer relationships
- Quality rest
Now THAT’S important.
Marjorie, Chief MOJO Maker™