Depending upon whose numbers you believe, at least 41% of us (and it could be as high as 50% to 75%) don’t use all of our paid vacation.
I am one of the guilty ones.
My excuse (or at least what I tell myself): I like working.
But every expert will tell you that not taking time off is a huge detriment to productivity, efficiency and your health.
So why don’t we take the time off we’re owed? Most folks say it’s just not “easy” to do.
The top reasons (and many list more than one):
- 40% fear returning to a mountain of work
- 35% believe nobody else can do their job
- 33% say they can’t afford to use their time off for financial reasons
- 22% say they do not want to be seen as replaceable
- 28% believe it shows greater dedication to their company and their job
This year, I’ve decided to break from my norm. I’m going to take all of my vacation! And I’m starting by taking next week off (as soon as I get all my work done so I can).
We’ll see how that goes. I’ll keep you posted.
In case you missed it …
Here’s what else the ResourcefulManager team has been reading this week:
Turn The Disney Way Into Your Way
The magical world of Disney can make work fun, and engaging, and very profitable. The key is to: Dream, Believe, Dare. That’s Disney’s motto. Here is a look at why it works, and how you can make it your own.
4 Healthy Habits To Make You More Productive At Work
Healthy workers are among the happiest and most productive at their jobs. Here are some tips on how managers can keep themselves and their staff healthy and productive.
17 Verbal Habits Of Highly Likable People
Very few people can win over everyone they meet, but some can. And these people share certain habits that make people like them.
10 Ways To Disengage In Engaging Ways
The ability to delegate involves being able to let go. Here are 10 ways to do it.
How To Ask For A Raise – For Managers Only
Asking for a raise can be intimidating – even if you’re a manager. Even when you deserve one. Check out our post from earlier this week to find out how you should go about getting one.
19 Soft Skills Leaders Need To Be Successful
If you haven’t gotten it yet, be sure to check out our Essential Insights report “19 Soft Skills Leaders Need To Be Successful.” It will definitely help you increase your ability to lead.
Keep an eye out for …
You’re not going to want to miss Monday’s blog post, When Teams Split: 5 Ways to Soothe The Hurt Feelings, particularly if you are a fan of Kelly Ripa or Michael Strahan.
And then keep an eye peeled for our upcoming Escape the Busyness Trap Blueprint, which will be out very soon.
Yours in success,