Annual leave, in my view, is a mild perversion of what we really mean to say, which is vacation days. If you’re in HR, you probably recognize the correlation between time off and employee productivity. When employees don’t take the time to leave the cubicle, power down the BlackBerry, and relax with family and friends — well, what happens? Burnout ensues. Morale lowers. Complaints and grievances increase. But moreover, we hit an internal reset button that allows us to work smarter when we return to our occupational surroundings.
- On vacation, laughing with friends makes our eyes water and our hearts full.
- On vacation, running on the beach clears our heads and energizes our bodies.
- On vacation, reading augments our subject-matter expertise and inspires creativity.
- On vacation, cooking and pursuing our hobbies adds to the richness of our lives, in any season.
By disconnecting from work, we actually connect to our work in deeper and more meaningful ways upon our return. Because, as it just so happens, the majority of us are not teleworking. Yet.
What is your favorite way to recharge your batteries?