I just returned to the office from a two-week vacation (honeymoon!), refreshed and ready to get back to work. It may seem counterintuitive, but being away from work actually increases employee engagement and boosts morale in the workplace. In fact, Project: Time Off research reveals that 89 percent of managers agree that employees show greater focus and creativity when returning to work after vacation. However, more than half (55 percent) of Americans do not use all the vacation or paid time off they earn – leading to over 650 million unused vacation days each year.
Let’s buck that trend! Here are five reasons why it’s important to take time off:
- Boost your creativity. Stepping away from the problem or issue at hand can help you approach work in a different and more creative way. Being on vacation will also relax and recharge your mind and, in doing so, open up pathways to alternative critical thinking that can assist in the creation of new, innovative ideas.
- Rekindle your personal relationships. When taking time off, most people choose to spend it with their friends, family or significant other. This time together is invaluable and can help build and foster relationships that make it much easier to sustain when returning to the daily grind. Time off can also be an opportunity to meet people and build new personal relationships.
- Manage your mental health. We all need a break every once in a while. The simple act of taking time away from work, regardless of what that time away actually looks like, will do wonders for your general psyche. In today’s fast-paced and ever-connected workplace, time away will help recharge your mental and emotional capacity.
- Don’t leave money on the table. Overall, unused time off can really add up financially. According to Project: Time Off’s research, those 650 million unused vacation days translate into billions, even trillions, of wasted benefit dollars. It’s important for each employee to take full advantage of their suite of benefits, and that includes paid time off. And, vacationing doesn’t have to break the bank: Take advantage of corporate benefits programs like TicketsatWork, which offers employees exclusive discounts and special offers to travel and entertainment, including theme parks, Broadway shows, tours and attractions, special events, hotels, movie tickets and more.
- Focus on your professional development. For some, time away from work can be best used to focus on professional development, without the distraction of daily tasks and responsibilities. For a great example, look no further than the thousands of HR professionals convening in Chicago for the 2018 Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) Annual Conference & Exposition.
While you’re attending the 2018 Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) Conference in Chicago (June 17-20), be sure to check out TicketsatWork (Booth 1806) in the Exhibition Hall. In partnership with Universal Orlando Resort™, the colorful TicketsatWork booth invites conference-goers to meet and greet beloved Universal Orlando Resort™ characters and to enter for the chance to win incredible prizes and vacation packages daily. Best of all, you can also learn about all the exclusive offers and discounts available to employees, so that you can save big the next time you take time off!