Unfortunately, more than half of America’s workers left 705 million unused vacation days on the table last year, according to Project: Time Off’s 2018 State of American Vacation report. The primary reason? They fear returning to a mountain of work.
While sacrificing time off may seem like a great way to get ahead, the research indicates workers who took 11 or more vacation days were more likely to have received a raise or a bonus in the previous three years than workers who took 10 or fewer days. Additionally, taking more vacation time leads to greater productivity. In fact, you can thank vacation time for the creation of Instagram and Hamilton.
Leaders should encourage their teams to make a strategic vacation plan, including a plan for delegating tasks while they are out of the office. This reduces the likelihood of “work martyrdom” and ensures employees get the most of their time off without negatively impacting the business.
Luckily, Curley & Pynn offers a generous vacation policy that affords us each time to relax, unplug and check items off our personal to-do lists. Just this summer, our team members have enjoyed theme park thrills, visited loved ones in other states and countries, and bummed it at the beach – and our office has not (yet) burned down.
Thanks to our clients and colleagues for supporting this much-needed rest and relaxation. We encourage you to do the same!