Have you ever been at that point of your work life where you feel unproductive even if you have been in the office for more than the required 8 hours per day? When was the last time you had a real vacation? If you answered “no” to the first question and you can’t quite remember the last get-away you’ve had, then we prescribe you file your vacation leave immediately.
You read that right. “But there’s so much work to do,” you say? That is exactly why you need to take that long overdue vacation you have been putting off. Ironic, isn’t it? But before you think we’re joking, hear us out.
Taking a vacation will actually get your gears going again and will yield more fruitful result in your job. We are not saying this to spite you or your boss, but our suggestion is backed up by intelligent study and medical experts. According to Cary Cooper, a professor of organizational psychology and health at Lancaster University in the UK, research shows that when you are consistently working for more than 40 hours without vacation you may: 1) get sick; 2) have more family issues; 3) have lesser productivity.
Appropriate vacations can do wonders to your career and make you more productive at work. Let us give you 3 good reasons why:
3 Good Reasons Why You Should Take a Vacation
1. Boosts Mental and Physical Health
The mind is a vital component in one’s physical well-being. When the brain is relaxed and rested, all its regions function more effectively. This entirely leads the rest of the body to recover and heal faster when it suffers from stress or illness. But it can only rest when you give it a break from the daily stress in the office. According to Dr. Natasha Withers, a primary care physician at One Medical Group in New York, a significant decrease in heart disease risk and improved reaction times are among the many benefits of taking vacation. Plus, no sick leaves and healthier employees—those are good gains for any business.
2. Refreshes Perspective and Feeds Inspiration
In the words of Sir Richard Branson, an English business magnate and investor and founder of Virgin Group, “The places you go and the new people you meet can inspire you in unexpected ways.” It helps a lot when you get an entire new view aside from the four walls of your cubicle or office. A vacation (and we’re not talking about a company outing) away from your familiar environment will allow you to regroup your thoughts and evaluate aspects in your life—work included. You never know if an encounter during your vacation can spark up a new idea or creativity that will help you revive your enthusiasm towards your job which eventually leads you to accomplish your work load more efficiently.
3. Avoids Burnt-Out
Because we are only human and we also get tired. God himself actually rested on the seventh day after 6 days of Creation—which goes to show that workers, being mere creatures, need a time of rest too. Getting that well-meaning break does not mean you are lazy nor neglecting your duties, it only means that you want to be more useful to the company. If you push yourself too hard and work nonstop, you are posing a danger to yourself in more ways than one. So before you become the monster that your colleagues avoid because you’re too burnt-out, get out of the city and breathe in fresh air by the sea.
In Europe, they have taken this practice to heart and their workforce productivity shot up to great heights, like Germany for one (this probably is one of the secrets why the Germans won the 2014 World Cup). While other companies actually pay their employees to go away. So you see vacations are a must if you want to snag employee of the year. Boost your productivity by taking that vacation. Leave that desk and get yourself a good break.