Don’t Work While You Are On Vacation!
Stop right there, don’t say it. I already know what you’re thinking. There is NO way I can’t do some work while I am on vacation otherwise my desk and inbox will be full when I get back and I don’t want to deal with it. Well, I say try harder!
It is so relaxing to not do work on vacation. I was gone for a week and hardly thought of this blog. Yes, I said “hardly”. I’ll admit how hard it is to completely go off the grid from work. However, I feel so much more relaxed and rejuvenated.
We’ve Already Discussed PTO
Yes we have, but only the difference between PTO and Vacation. Not the actual process of using it. Not only for ourselves but our team members too. We want you to encourage your team members to use their time. Everyone needs rest and relaxation. If your department is stretched, try to give people a 4-day weekend or an extra 3-day weekend when applicable. If you don’t have those types of concerns, then make sure you check in with the team and find out their vacation schedules early so you can put them on the team calendar so everyone knows when people will be out. This is a great tool for everyone so they know when they need to pick up the slack or when it’s their turn to get out of Dodge!
Cashing Out Time Instead of Taking it.
Please don’t allow this to happen. All you are going to get out of it is a burnt out staff and higher turnover. When you encourage your people to take time off you are effectively telling them that you genuinely care about them and their well-being. Their job will be here when they come back because frankly, you don’t want to do it for them for an extended period of time anyway.
Vacation Season? Is There One?
Generally speaking the summertime is the busiest time for vacations because kids are out of school and it is nice. If you can spread out the vacations during this time then the rest of the team won’t always feel like there is a lack of bodies for a three month period and get burnt out waiting for their turn. Do you have on-call staff that can cover? If so, this will prevent too much overtime for the people that are still in the building. They won’t have to pick up the extra work for the vacationing team mate because you have this built in already.
Some Slack Should be Given upon Return
Now if you have a desk job you know what that inbox looks like when you return from vacation. On the first day back for your team members, set the expectation that the first day back is going to be a catch up day. Try not to schedule them for back-to-back meetings on this day. They will appreciate it and you for giving them the time to catch up on correspondence.
Wineries, Family, and Fun
For me, I spent a glorious week with my family and toured some wineries and ate some fantastic food. Notice how I put wine first! You know!
It filled my heart with joy to reconnect with my cousins and just enjoy life for a bit. After all, why do we work so hard if we can’t enjoy it now and again?!?