Taking a vacation is an investment in your own well-being, in your career, and in the company you work for. Are vacations a priority to you or do you avoid this important investment? This article takes a look at some of the reasons for skipping vacations, as well as the benefit you might not have considered.
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Why do so many of us not use our vacation days? Salespeople talk about “leaving money on the table.” Well, employees often leave vacation on the table.
When we discuss investing, we talk about putting money aside in order to make a profit. We discuss putting money into stocks, bonds, mutual funds, and so forth. People also discuss investing in your career, like investing in an education or in a certification. Maybe we should talk about another investment that could pay dividends in your career, which is, of course, the place where you make your money. Is investing in vacation a good idea or just hokey, happy idea?
Why do employees avoid vacation? There are several reasons people give for missing out on vacation days:
These reasons are largely self-imposed. Most managers understand the benefits of vacation to their employees, not only for employee morale but also for his or her performance on the job. They recognize the benefits of taking time off from work because their employees will be more productive, have better workplace morale, and are more likely to stay.
What are the benefits of taking a vacation? There are, of course, personal benefits to going on vacation or taking a “staycation,” where you stay at home during your time off. You can enjoy your life more and become closer to your partner, your kids, and your friends. You may become physically healthier, too.
However, taking time off can provide substantial benefits for you in your job or career. To summarize, taking vacations can:
Of course, things that help you at work also help your company. Many employers know this, from their experience with other workers and managers who take vacations and then perform better. So, vacations are not only beneficial to you, but they also benefit your company.
Using your vacation time, and using it wisely, helps you to become a better employee, which can only help your company. And most managers understand this. Being a better employee will result, naturally, in a higher salary or a better job.
Investing in vacation, therefore, is both an investment in your own well-being and in your career and salary. Remember to invest in your vacation, just as you invest in your retirement, your education, or your house.
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