Do you use your vacation time, or play the martyr role and forfeit your time? If so, you’re not alone The State of American Vacation 2018 shows that 52 percent of American workers left vacation time on the table, which is equivalent to 705 million unused days and worth $62.2 billion
“The United States is the only developed country in the world without a single legally required paid vacation day or holiday.”
The European Union has laws mandating that companies give at least four weeks of paid vacation to their employees.
The number of Americans who understood the value of taking time off in 2018 rose two percent over the prior year. Although this is progress, we’re not quite there yet. There are still too few workers who realize the advantages of taking time off and give up their benefit because they dread the pileup of work when they return to work and have the fear-based notion of being replaced.
To shed light on the subject, read how vacation time can improve your personal and work life, and why you should never forfeit your time off.
1. The Reboot Refresher
Taking time off allows you to reboot your body’s mainframe. Demanding jobs that require extended working hours can kill you; however, if you take time off, you can recharge your batteries and return to work refreshed and more productive.
Working vacation or time off can eventually lead to increased anxiety and physical and mental burnout. Bottom line, you may have no choice but take an extended vacation for medical reasons.
In his book, The Hidden Link Between Adrenalin and Stress, Dr. Archibald Hart describes how physical and mental exhaustion and related symptoms can lead to heart disease, and a shopping list full of other problems.
2. Time to Pursue Personal or Creative Ventures
What do you wish you had more time to do – woodworking, painting or photography? Unfortunately, not everyone can quit their day job to pursue lifelong passions, but using PTO (paid time off), you will have dedicated segments of time to do what you love.
Time away from the office will not only refresh you, but it will also give you a sense of accomplishment and enhance your mood. When you return to work, you will return a happy camper who is better equipped to handle the job.
3. Unplug for Family Time
If you need to think about the last time you spent quality time with family or friends, you need to take time off. Unplug from laptops, cell phones, iPads and anything else that tempts you to perform any work-related tasks. Work-life balance and happiness requires spending time with friends and family, or just being with you.
Vacation time is not just for travel and exploration. It’s a time to recharge your batteries, gain focus, enjoy family and friends, be more productive at work, enhance your creativity, pursue your passions, lower your stress and improve your health.
Forfeiting time earned does not make you a valuable employee. If you want to give your best, utilize your time and return to work at your very best.
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