You’ve selected the ideal destination. You’ve made all the necessary arrangements and plans. You think about this upcoming special getaway frequently in the months leading up to it, especially during a tough day.
So when the perfect family trip finally arrives this summer, you suddenly find yourself taking a work call at the airport before your plane’s departure. You’re then delaying the start to your family’s first fun day there, checking email in the hotel room. You next find yourself sneaking away from an outing to handle a work situation that has arisen in your absence.
What exactly happened to your blissful time away?
Let’s just say if you’ve found yourself in this scenario, you’re not alone. Over two-thirds of respondents to a recent survey stated they work during paid time off. Some assume time off makes them appear less dedicated to their job and company. Some fear they’ll never catch up upon their return to the office. Others think time away will demonstrate they’re replaceable. In reality, none of these thoughts are actually true, and employees should realize that stepping away from work and fully disconnecting carries a ripple effect of benefits. According to Glassdoor chief human resources officer Carmel Galvin, “It allows employees to return to work feeling more productive, creative, recharged and reenergized.”
The research is clear. Failing to take a vacation creates higher levels of stress and greater levels of disengagement at work.
Once upon a time when work was confined to a brick and mortar building, this may have been easier said than done. But now it may take a special effort on your part to fully disconnect during time away –not only to reap the professional benefits, but the personal ones too. What steps can you set into motion to really make this happen? Read on:
So there you have it. In addition to your packing list, include this list in your upcoming family vaca prep, and you’ll be prepped to enjoy that time away as much as humanly possible. And your family can enjoy it more too when your whole heart is put toward everyone’s enjoyment. That will make for some lasting memories, and allow you to be recharged upon your return to work.