• Rita M. Perez

Are you Overworked and Under-traveled?

So this week's blog title--is that you; especially in these corona times?  I've heard from a few friends who are definitely being overworked, and thanks to rona, also under traveled.

Did you know--Americans are among the hardest working people in the world…and receive the fewest vacation days from our employers (and this was before covid!). So why is it that every year Americans throw away an estimated 415 million vacation days by skipping their vacation? For the record, I never throw away my vacation time lol!, and I hope you don't either.  Here are some reasons why you should be using your vacation time in 2020 (well maybe more like 2021 for some):

1. Revive your productivity, and with it, your team’s

We all know that small breaks throughout the day help us over the short term, but it’s important that we take longer breaks from work to sustain and even build our creativity and productivity. Being away from your work environment for a longer period of time will help you gain a fresh perspective about your work, as well as provide you with the opportunity to pursue your other interests. 

2. Vacation time is part of your compensation; it’s not a job “perk”

Remember when you applied for the job? Weren’t your allotted a certain number of vacation days per year as part of the compensation package? It’s a return on the investment of your time and expertise in helping your organization to reach their objectives. Would you not accept a monetary bonus at the end of the year? Of course, you would! (If you won't, I happily will.)

3. Serve as a role model for others in your team

Whether you are in a leadership role or an employee, you need to take a vacation!  And listen, I'm not just saying this because I'm your travel advisor--everyone needs a break and you need to be the example.  Employees will look to their leaders for guidance on what is allowed and what is frowned upon. What you model at (and out of) work will determine what your employees do. 

4. Whether you’re in Budapest, Dublin, or Amsterdam, show your team they can manage without you!

While we all like to think that we’re indispensable, the reality is we need to encourage the company’s growth and overall morale. Taking time off from work will encourage team members to develop strategies and abilities that will help them learn how to effectively hold down the fort while you’re away. And the best way we can encourage this is to make sure everyone takes their vacations, so that they might bring a fresh perspective and new ideas to the table.

Hopefully, this will encourage you to understand why skipping your next vacation is so not worth it!  And if not you, share with your boss, so you can get that vacation in--even if just staycation at home.

Happy Travels,