by Patty Azzarello
I want to shareÂ 10 of the many sound business reasons to go on vacation â in additon to the fact that you deserve it and are supposed to enjoy your life and have some fun in return for how hard you work…
1. Going on a vacation shows you are competent at your job because you can manage and plan enough to free up some time in your schedule, and not leave a festering mess in your absence.Â Â
Not being able to take a vacation mostly shows that your work and your teamÂ are so out of control that you canât evenÂ be gone for a week.
2. No one is impressed that you have not had a vacation in years.Â If you think your company, or your team appreciates your super-duper, extra-work ethic, they donât. Â Â
3. Your team is motivated from seeing that you support and allow people to have a life â as long as you donât send them email every day!Â Set the expectation you will be generally out of touch.Â Arrange 1-2 check-in points if you canât stand to let go entirely, but donât just go somewhere else and keep working.
4. Your team gets more productive when you go away.Â You give them a break from worrying about all the things you throw in their way when they are trying to get their work done.Â After about 2 weeks they will miss you and need you again, but in the mean time their productivity will go up.
5. Being unavailable is an effective technique for developing people.Â It forces them to step up.Â Just be careful not to un-do everything they did in your absence just because it was different than the way you would have done it.
6. If something comes up in your work that you canât avoid and you need to cancel your vacation, reschedule another one while you are canceling.Â This will minimize resentment and disappointment, give you something to look forward toâ¦ and ensure you donât go too long without a vacation.
7. You will be more productive at work, if you step away from it and give your back-of-mind processes a chance to chew on things while you are otherwise in a good (or at least different!) mood.Â
8. You will realize that some of the things that you thought were important before your vacation donât actually need to get done after all.Â When you step away, the most strategic things re-assert themselves and all the clutter drops several notches in volume.
9. Your company prefers people who enjoy their life because they have more positive energy for their work.
10. YouÂ need a breakÂ whether you know it or not!
How do you feel about work and vacations?
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Patty Azzarello is an executive, author, speaker and CEO-advisor. She works with executives where leadership and business challenges meet. Patty has held leadership roles in General Management, Marketing, Software Product Development and Sales, and has been successful in running large and small businesses. She writes at Patty Azzarello’s Business Leadership Blog. You’ll find her on Twitter as @PattyAzzarello. Also, check out her new book Rise…
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