Time Off to Charge On

July 31, 2019 by Rose Cook

As I sit on the beach this week thinking about what I want to talk about in the newsletter (which by the way, will be short because I’m loving VACATION!), I realized how important it is to actually be able to take time off to recharge. According to the Huffington Post 40% of American workers will not use all of their paid vacation days. According to INC.com 700 million days of paid time off go unused each year and a study by the Center for Economic and Policy Research a few years ago showed that 25% of American workers take no vacation at all. WHAT? To me, that’s just a sad, sure-fire way to guarantee burn out. I don’t care who you are, everyone needs a time-out once in a while. It doesn’t matter what you do – take a trip, stay home and paint the house, or do absolutely nothing but binge watch your favorite shows. Taking time off is vital to your overall well being.

I was curious as to the reasons people gave for not taking their vacation time and the most common answers they gave were that they didn’t want to fall too far behind or they were afraid that they would be replaceable or irrelevant. No one wants to hear, “Oh, were you away? I didn’t notice.”  Other reasons cited were feeling that there was no one else who could do their job properly and not being able to afford going away. The fact is that not taking time away can lead to burnout, loss of creativity, lowered job performance and can negatively affect your health. Working until you drop is not a recommended way of getting ahead, just saying!

There seems to have been a lot of research done on this topic and all indicators show that taking time off to recharge actually increases productivity. There are companies that require their employees to use their time with a “use it or lose it” policy and while companies are not required to offer employees paid time off, most recognize that in order to attract workers, avoid burnout and maintain morale, paid vacation time is a valuable asset. At FlexPro, we strongly encourage our employees to use and enjoy their vacation time and we offer a very generous time-off benefit. Lynn and I try to set a strong example by not only using, but thoroughly enjoying our vacations! I hope that if you’re one of the 40% of working Americans not taking advantage of your vacation time, you read this and change your mind. You’ve earned that time, you deserve a break and you’re getting paid for it. P.S. National Plan a Vacation Day is the last Tuesday in January so if you’re having trouble making the commitment, there’s a whole day coming designed just for you!

The FlexPro Group is a project management consulting firm, specializing in the Life Sciences industry since 2008. FlexPro combines industry-certified experts with proven project management processes and subject matter expertise to deliver results on-time and on-budget. Our focus areas include Product Development & Commercialization, Supply Chain Optimization, Integration Management, and Early-Stage Acceleration. Contact FlexPro today to learn more!

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