Even Super Woman Took an Occasional Break

It’s that time of year when the thought of vacation tantalizes even the most avid workaholics among us. Don’t be tempted to put off vacation or worse yet, to take a vacation that really isn’t a vacation because you are taking calls and answering emails.

Good executive leaders know that time away from the office isn’t a luxury you can’t afford—it’s a requirement to doing your job better. Not only that, it helps your team grow. So let’s revisit Kadi McDonald’s top five reasons for why you should take a vacation.

After all, it does get exhausting saving the world day after day.

1. Your team needs you to take a break.
In stressful or high-demand work environments, it can sometimes become overwhelming to have to present to a manager all the time. When you’re not there, this gives your team some time to focus. Not only that, it gives them a confidence boost that they’re able to hold down the fort when you’re not around.

2. Your brain will work much better if you give it some time to clear.
Full time employment is stressful. And that’s not even including what it takes to be a functioning human being in today’s world. Signing off of email and disconnecting as much as possible from your work world gives you plenty of time to reconnect with your personal world, your career, your dreams and aspirations, and even your mental health.

3. Gaps in process might become more apparent.
When you’re not around, communication gaps usually make themselves known. Whether it’s a project that your team wasn’t briefed on or a project that came up and sat for a few days because no one knew whose job it was, these things will help you and your team to develop new game plans for future occurrences.

4. You might think of something awesome.
When the daily grind of office life isn’t forcing its way to the front of your frontal lobe, you’ll have more space to actually think and create ideas.

5. The world is a really cool place…and so is your own city.
A little culture never hurts anyone. In fact, it brings new and interesting perspectives, and glimpses into the places your donors live. Enjoy it!

To learn how you can keep things moving while your employees take vacation, contact Brandi Scott to find out how experienced nonprofit talent can temporarily fill the gaps.

Thanks to Kadi McDonald/ThirdSectorToday for sharing vacation thoughts

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