Take a Vacation

It’s that time of year. People are taking a vacation, planning to take a vacation or thinking they should take a vacation. You need a break, everyone does. Time to recharge the batteries.

10 Reasons Why You Should Take A Vacation

And remember, US workers get fewer vacation days than any other developed nation, it’s vital to make every one of them count.

  1. A vacation will help you live up to 20 percent longer
    A study by the State University of New York at Oswego that surveyed 12,000 men between ages 35 and 57, found that men who go on vacation every year reduce their overall risk of death by 20 percent
  2. Some time away will give you more energy on a daily basis
    Experts from the University of Pittsburgh and Radboud University both said that people had more energy and felt more satisfied with life on vacation.
  3. During a break from work is when people come up with their best ideas
    The author of How To Succeed In Business Without Working So Damn Hard, Robert Kriegel says that many workers get their best ideas away from work. Los Angeles psychologist, Robert Butterworth told ABC, “The break will allow you to refresh your brain cells.”
  4. Some time in the sun will make you more productive and happier at work
    34 percent of professionals come back from vacations and are more productive. They also feel better about their jobs.
  5. Calling your travel agent can save your marriage and keep you off the Prozac
    A Wisconsin Medical Journal published findings that women who take two or more vacations a year are less likely to be depressed, tired, or unhappy with their marriage.
  6. You don’t get many other chances to act just like a kid again
    You get the freedom of just having fun again. You don’t have to wake up at a certain time or follow a strict schedule. You can just relax and spend all the time in the world doing what you want.
  7. You don’t even have to go to reap the benefits of getting away
    Research by a group in the Netherlands showed that just planning a vacation boosted happiness for eight weeks. They found that many of the benefits come before you even actually go on vacation.
  8. You will save your company money every day you are away
    Christine Hohlbaum, author of The Power of Slow: 101 Ways to Save Time in Our 24/7 World, says that workers who forego their vacations are hurting both themselves and the company. They are more likely to get sick, and even when they are physically in the office, they may have already mentally checked out.
  9. Even your home life will improve when you take time to get away
    53 percent of people say they came back from a vacation feeling more reconnected with their family.
  10. Showing the confidence to take time off speaks volumes to your boss and to your peers.  Financial advisor, Suze Orman says “Don’t put yourself on sale.

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You Need A Vacation

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It’s that time of year. People are taking a vacation, planning to take a vacation or thinking they should take a vacation. You need a break, everyone does. Time to recharge the batteries.

10 Reasons Why You Should Take A Vacation

And remember, US workers get fewer vacation days than any other developed nation, it’s vital to make every one of them count.

A vacation will help you live up to 20 percent longer
A study by the State University of New York at Oswego that surveyed 12,000 men between ages 35 and 57, found that men who go on vacation every year reduce their overall risk of death by 20 percent

Some time away will give you more energy on a daily basis
Experts from the University of Pittsburgh and Radboud University both said that people had more energy and felt more satisfied with life on vacation.

During a break from work is when people come up with their best ideas
The author of How To Succeed In Business Without Working So Damn Hard, Robert Kriegel says that many workers get their best ideas away from work. Los Angeles psychologist, Robert Butterworth told ABC, “The break will allow you to refresh your brain cells.”

Some time in the sun will make you more productive and happier at work
34 percent of professionals come back from vacations and are more productive. They also feel better about their jobs.

Calling your travel agent can save your marriage and keep you off the Prozac
A Wisconsin Medical Journal published findings that women who take two or more vacations a year are less likely to be depressed, tired, or unhappy with their marriage.

You don’t get many other chances to act just like a kid again
You get the freedom of just having fun again. You don’t have to wake up at a certain time or follow a strict schedule. You can just relax and spend all the time in the world doing what you want.

You don’t even have to go to reap the benefits of getting away
Research by a group in the Netherlands showed that just planning a vacation boosted happiness for eight weeks. They found that many of the benefits come before you even actually go on vacation.

You will save your company money every day you are away
Christine Hohlbaum, author of The Power of Slow: 101 Ways to Save Time in Our 24/7 World, says that workers who forego their vacations are hurting both themselves and the company. They are more likely to get sick, and even when they are physically in the office, they may have already mentally checked out.

Even your home life will improve when you take time to get away
53 percent of people say they came back from a vacation feeling more reconnected with their family.

Showing the confidence to take time off speaks volumes to your boss and to your peers
Financial advisor, Suze Orman says “Don’t put yourself on sale.

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Vacation Days, Personal Days and Holidays, Oh My!

It doesn’t really matter what time of the year it is, scheduling around vacation days, personal days and holidays is a pain in the neck.  Productivity can take a hit when employees take vacation at the busiest times. And scheduling employees during the holidays can cause logistical headaches, dampened morale (no, not every can leave early the day before the holiday) and legal risks (it’s not fair that everyone can’t leave early the day before the holiday).

You wouldn’t dream of having informal payroll policies, right? Yet too many employers treat vacation time  (a form of compensation) as a casual entitlement. And getting too informal can cost you.  The first year everyone has Thanksgiving Day off (the actual legal holiday).  Year Two, everyone leaves the Wednesday before Thanksgiving by noon (do you want to deny me the opportunity to get a head start on over the hills and through the woods to grandmas’ house).  Year Three, “Patients never want an appointment the day after Thanksgiving, too many great sales.  Why don’t we just take that day off too”!

You can minimize holiday scheduling hassles with some smart preventative measures, and adopt a clear policy for vacation request procedures.

Please visit this link SME Toolkit Build Your Business.  It’ll provide you with a wealth of ideas about how to create a paid/unpaid leave policy for your office.

With summer just around the corner, now is the perfect time to make sure your vacation policies are clear and fair.  And more importantly, designed to take one more headache off your plate!