We all know the benefits of taking vacation time, but it can be hard to prioritize time off when workplace demands have taken center stage. Research reported by the Wall Street Journal confirms that “long periods of work without vacation can lead to reduced productivity, diminished creativity, and strained relationships.” This is true not only for employees but also for employers; company CEOs and upper managers also need time to recharge and cultivate a work/life balance.
According to a 2015 study from the US Department of Labor, the average American worker takes just 8 days of vacation a year. Compare that with Austria, the country with the most guaranteed time off of 22 paid vacation days and 13 paid holidays per year. Company leaders can also fail to take advantage of their vacation time. A culture of overwork and feelings that the workplace cannot operate without them plague many corporate employees, a sentiment some companies are trying to change.
Nancy Schlichting, CEO of Detroit-based Henry Ford Health System, explains: “I worry about the people who say they can’t take a vacation. Why can’t they? You start to worry that they aren’t leaving work because they have something to protect, as opposed to feeling good about taking time off. The way I look at it: For executives, if they’re doing their job really well, they should be able to take time off.”
Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook and author of Lean In, has attributed her success in juggling her roles to utilizing all vacation days at her disposal. Eccentric Billionaire Richard Branson is also a huge proponent of the benefits of vacation, stating: “Maintaining focus on having fun isn’t just about rest and recuperation: When you go on vacation, your routine is interrupted; the places you go and the new people you meet can inspire you in unexpected ways. As an entrepreneur or business leader, if you didn’t come back from your vacation with some ideas about how to shake things up, it’s time to consider making some changes. I make sure that I disconnect by leaving my smartphone at home or in the hotel room for as long as possible. Days, if I can -and bringing a notepad and pen with me instead. Freed from the daily stresses of my working life, I find that I am more likely to have new insights into old problems and other flashes of inspiration.”
Taking a vacation is a wonderful move to benefit your health and personal relationships. Psychologist Matthew J Grawitch of Sant Louis University studies stress in the workplace and affirms: “When workers come back from vacation they have more energy, and tend to be more replenished and feel more engaged in their work.”
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