There are only 6 weeks left before casual Fridays end, kids are back in school, and expectations from your peers and bosses will be back in high (read higher) gear after a beautiful and dry summer.
You’ve heard that there are positive effects to taking your vacation time and enjoying the fruits of your labour. From living 20% longer, to feeling more energized, taking your vacation time still seems to evade even the most rational of people in business. Here are a few helpful nudges to get you back on track to enjoying (what’s left of) your summer:
1. Vacation time replenishes your Vitamin D:
Vitamin D is credited with keeping us healthy through the flu-strained winter months. Winter is also when Vitamin D is at its lowest. For those of us in North America, forming and storing Vitamin D during the summer months is practically a necessity… So if you’ve spent your summer in the confines of your office walls, time to take a second look at your surroundings and green it up a bit.
2. Silence of mind can sprout mind blowing inspiration:
Distractions at work and at home keep our brains working non-stop, even through the night, says John Medina, author of Brain Rules: 12 Principles for Surviving and Thriving at Work, Home, and School. Silence of mind is the source of your greatest levels of genius and innovation. The only chance you have to silence your brain is during the day, and vacation time affords you that luxury.
3. Taking what’s rightfully yours increases your self-worth… and your business results:
Simply put, when you give yourself what you know you deserve, your self-worth increases. When your self-worth increases, your confidence in your decisions and strategies increases. With that, others’ confidence in you and your contributions all increase as well. And that effects your business results. Certainty + Self-Worth = Results. Take your vacation… it’s rightfully yours!
4. Letting others be responsible increases their self-worth… and your business results:
Handing authority and responsibility to others in your group can be a challenge, especially when the stakes are high. Unless you have somebody on your team who is intentionally trying to sabotage you, you can go forward with the certainty that everyone has come to the office to do their absolute best with what they have.
Letting others be responsible while you are away is a great way to build not only their skills, but also their self-worth. Give those who are almost skilled enough to take it on the opportunity to gain experience, and the privilege of self-worth. Do this on a consistent basis, and see your results start to soar.
A Note for Managers
Do you have staff who are working around the clock to get your work done? Anyone who hasn’t taken vacation in the last 6 months? Take a moment to assess your team’s vacation record and see what you can do to make a change. What a great way to increase employee morale and productivity in one fell swoop!