Summer has always been one of my favorite seasons. It looks a lot different as an adult, doesn't it? As an adult, summer doesn’t mean a change in work schedule (for most). If you have kids, it does mean finding camps and activities to keep kids occupied. As a grandparent, it often means having little visitors grace you with their presence for a few days. For all, I hope that summer means a vacation with the family and many new memories.
Thinking of skipping your vacation again this year? Please, think again.
Americans are hard working people who receive the fewest vacation days. Despite that, American still forfeit approximately 212 million vacation days each year by skipping their vacation! That is an equivalent to $62.2 billion in lost benefits. Not taking time off from work can prove to be more harmful than beneficial for you and your organization.
Here are a few reasons why you should be going on a vacation this summer:
1. Happiness & Relationships
Studies have shown an unmistakably strong correlation between travel and happiness. Taking time to nurture your relationships with your significant other, family and friends is imperative to healthy relationships. We all get caught up in the day to day. From time to time you simply need to focus on one another. The best cure for that is a vacation together.
Working long hours without breaks is simply not healthy for us. Did you know that taking at least 1 vacation a year can reduce the risk of heart disease by 30% in men and 50% in women. You simply can’t afford not to take a vacation.
3. Revive your productivity and with it your team’s
We all know that small breaks throughout the day help us over the short term. It is also vital that we take longer breaks from work to sustain and build our creativity and productivity. Studies have shown that employees who spend more of their vacation time traveling are also likely to be more successful in the office. Skipping vacation only causes burnout and does not benefit anyone.
4. Vacation time is part of your compensation; it’s not a job “perk”
When you got hired, you were offered a certain number of vacation days per year as your compensation package. It is not a “perk”. It’s a return on the investment for your time and expertise in helping the organization reach their objectives. You would not leave an end of year bonus on the table, would you? Of course not. So why leave vacation time on the table?
5. Show your team they can manage without you!
While we all like to think that we’re indispensable, the reality is we are not and we need to encourage the company’s growth and morale. Taking time off from work encourages team members to develop skills and strategies to effectively hold down the fort while you’re away. The best way to inspire leaders and employees to bring their best efforts forward is to encourage everyone to take vacations so that they can come back refreshed and with new ideas.
Have I convinced you that skipping vacation time is not worth it?
Let us help you relax, recharge, reconnect and get inspired with fresh ideas by planning your next vacation today! You, your family and your employer will be glad that you did!