Take A Vacation, Please! Rethinking Vacation Time

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Rethinking Vacation Time

“Take A Vacation, Please!” — if those 4 words aren’t music to any employee’s ear they may need to rethink what vacation time means.

Surprisingly, 1/3 of employees leave vacation days on the table. For some it’s because they feel their manager can’t live without them. But what’s most surprising is that many don’t take the vacation time they are entitled to because their manager doesn’t really support time off.

If this is true managers need to rethink the true meaning of vacation time –“a period of rest and freedom from work or study “ says Webster’s dictionary.

The results of such a supportive practice may be more intuitive than you think.

Increased productivity

A little respite leads to higher productivity as recharging one’s battery gives rise to renewed energy even if only briefly.

Better performance

Stepping away from something provides time for rethinking and reassessing your approach.  You may even have time to discuss this with a colleague or friend who can offer a very different perspective and therefore engender some creativity of response to your challenge.

Improved morale

Lots can be said about the effect of a smile and positive attitude in the workplace.   Think of the impact that this has on those around you.  This can only happen when you are free from burden and duress and you come back refreshed and gung ho.

Greater job satisfaction

Along with the improved morale comes greater job satisfaction, which is something all employers strive to create as it translates to job stability.  Given what employees say about their jobs today and the likelihood of being with the same company 2 to 3 years from now this is a big concern to companies.

More likely to be engaged

Managers control our job stress and our engagement level as they connect us with the company.  Recently stress has been called the “health epidemic of the 21st century” by the World Health Organization and is estimated to cost American businesses up to $300 billion a year.

Managers need to support and encourage as well as participate in positive vacation practices which not only benefit them, but you and your family as well as the company’s bottom line.   Every stakeholder wins, so “please take a vacation” and recharge!


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Written by Mercer PeoplePro Pension & Savings specialist, Nancy Lazgin

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