It’s that time of year when vacations start to kick in gear—spring break for the kids, holiday travel, or, just time out of the office. And although the vacation itself is fun, the stress of preparing the office for your absence may not be so delightful. Fortunately, good planning can put most fears to rest.
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. Kadi McDonald penned an article for Third Sector Today that gives some real-life reasons to get out of the office now.
Why You Absolutely Need to Take That Vacation
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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!