The University of South Florida published a 2011 study in 2011 highlighting work productivity. On average, Americans get 14 days of vacation but use about 10. Those unused days over 5 years is equivalent to a work month.
Work productivity impacts us all. As civil servants, we are a customer-focused team.
To be transparent, I am on the tail end of a week-long vacation. During my trip, I had time to relax, refresh and recharge.
With the end of the summer approaching, it may be time to unplug from work and its demands.
3 signs you need a vacation
1. You’re making too many work mistakes
Everyone makes them from time to time. Wires get crossed, assumptions are made, or work distractions affect outcomes. The result could have lasting impact on your credibility and the agency’s bottom line.
Ask yourself – Did you have realistic expectations? Could you have delegated part of the task? Were you “multitasking” , and did not complete any task successfully?
It’s best to acknowledge your mistake, apologize, and try to correct it in the future.
2. You’re cynical about work
Some work days are better than others, but our attitude about work can navigate our day. Negativity can manifest itself in unlikely ways.
Cynicism can be contagious. Venting regarding a situation is normal, but if it’s a reoccurring problem-it becomes a problem.
Check your motives when you have those conversations. A vacation can could help you get out of the circling drain of cynicism.
3. You’re not physically well
Merriam-Webster defines stress as a state of mental tension and worry caused by problems in your life, work, etc.
Real or perceived stress can take a toll on our bodies. WebMD reported that we’re designed to handle small doses of stress.
However, our bodies may suffer consequences in long-term situations. Headaches, muscle tension, sleeping problems are some physical signs.
Time off work could become a medical necessity.
If traveling is not in your budget, a quick day trip or stay-cation may suffice.
Chances are you will be glad you took the time off – and so will those around you.
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