Hi All! I was busy celebrating my friend’s wedding but I have one post for you this week about vacationing. Then I’m going to GO on vacation! I’ll be back in a couple of weeks, but hopefully ya’ll will enjoy reading past posts while I’m out.
In an article from Forbes about employees taking vacation, they found, “Only 25% said they use all their paid days each year and 61% said that while they’re on vacation, they continue to work. A quarter of respondents said that a colleague got in touch about work while they were on vacation and 20% heard from their boss.”
Ouch. So what are some reasons why they aren’t taking vacation? 33% are concerned about coverage, 28% are too scared to fall behind and 17% are worried they will lose their jobs. Holy smokes, with those kinds of numbers I’d be nervous to go, too!
But! Party people have no fear because so far what I’ve found is that vacation is uber important. Especially when we see statistics like 80% of employees feel stress at work or 70% of healthcare visits are stress-related.
Here are some things an unplugged (i’m talking auto-responder on and no sneaky emailing) vacation can do for you:
- Boosts creativity
- Lowers burnout
- Increases quality of work
- Improves productivity
- Helps renew and regenerate
- Reduces stress and anxiety, now, and for the future
Nervous about a full vacation? Here are some compromises! Maybe try just one of them, not all of them. A two-day staycation where you check email isn’t vacation. It’s a weekend that you worked through.
- Staycations still count if you’re trying to save money – maybe you can reorganize that closet you’ve been eyeing, or go eat brunch on a random Wednesday morning
- If you’re concerned about falling behind / coverage try short bursts of availability – tell your team the exact times you’ll be in your hotel checking email, and let them know the types of emails and questions they should be sending. That way, if there’s anything truly severe, they can reach you, and you’ll feel on top of stuff.
- Avoid the guilt – Encourage other coworkers to take vacations and promote a positive environment that encourages full breaks to recharge. Maybe try to avoid emailing while people are out unless it’s urgent.
- No time? Take a mini-break! – short, quick breaks are good for you, too. So yes, go take a look at that puppy video!
And in the meantime, check out this cute tip list from Boston College Carroll School of Management: tip sheet: the importance of taking a “work-free” vacation
See ya’ll on the flipside!