Vacations – More Than Fun

Ever had a sense of dread when someone was going to be on vacation and you were going to have to figure out how to cover for them?

It’s Not About You?

Okay, sorry if that seems rude, but, really, it’s not about you. It’s actually about everyone in your company. We all need a break from time-to-time. There are multiple reasons for this, the most obvious of which is “We need time to rest and recharge our batteries. Yes, that includes those people who work for you that you think you cannot afford to do without for even a day. You can. You must be willing to do so. This is another reason to cross train employees. (See Why Cross-Train Employees?)

What’s in it for You?

Hard as it is to believe, you will have better employees if they know you recognize their need for a vacation and allow it without making them feel guilty about it. You will be more likely to have employees that respect you, want to do an excellent job, and who are willing to go the extra mile when they know you consider them important enough to take a break from the rat race.

You may have heard that when you are trying to develop an idea, it helps to work diligently on it for an extended period of time and then take time away from it. When you return you often find that you see things more clearly and are better able to create quality results. The same is true for employees. When they return from vacation or holiday breaks they are often more focused and full of new ideas. It is somewhat like what happens when we sleep and awake in the morning with the solution to something we were trying to solve the previous night.

More Benefits

We often like to talk about our “work family” and there is good reason. However, just like we sometimes need to get away from our real family and sort our thought, the same is true at work.

Additionally, when an employee never takes time away from work, a company frequently can be in a risky position. If you have the misfortune of having a dishonest employee, you have much less chance of uncovering a fraud. As long as they are there everyday they can cover their dishonesty and there is no fresh set of eyes to take a look at things. Again, this is one of the key benefits of cross-training. I know we hate to think about this aspect, but it is critical. I have seen the situation where one employee stole considerable sums until someone came along behind them.

Give Yourself a Break

Lest you forget it, the need for vacations and holiday breaks are just as essential for managers and business owners as they are the day-to-day employee. None of us are super-human and immune to the stresses of uninterrupted work. As an old proverb says, “All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.” – That is, both bored and boring.

Think about it. Are you or any of your employees bored and boring because of the practice of all work and no play?

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