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Yes, You DO Need A Vacation!

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Vacation Poor America

Of all developed countries in the world,

Americans are the absolute worst at

taking time off from work.

Compared to the good people in England,

France, Germany, Spain, Brazil, Norway,

Denmark, Italy, and Sweden (I can go on),

the good people in the United States take

less than the 14 days they have earned;

on average they take around 12 days a year.

And usually not in a row, compared to those

in other countries, who earn and take up

to 30 days of vacation per year…much of

it all at the same time.


A Very Dull Saw Indeed

Should we conclude that we would obviously

rather keep hacking away at things with the

proverbial rusty saw than take the time away

from work to sharpen it?

Are we that in love with our jobs?

Or have we all come to accept a misguided

managerial way of thinking about time off

that equates taking vacations with employees

goofing off and decreasing company productivity,

instead of understanding that time off pays

dividends, nurturing a sustainable workforce?

(And that was with just one foot on the soapbox!)


The Vacation Deprived

Not working with a sharp saw is

dangerous.  And not taking time off for

some vacation is also potentially dangerous.

All work and no play is a recipe for

burnout, no matter how much

you may enjoy your workplace.

And if you are one of the 40% who

experience high levels of work stress

according to the American Institute of Stress,

not taking vacation time can indirectly

be associated with increased rates of

heart attack, hypertension, and other

physical and mental health disorders.


Stop With the Excuses Already

So you can’t take an entire week

off of work, or you would lose your job.

So your boss still expects you to be

available to handle emergencies.

So you can’t afford to travel to

beautiful, exotic locations.

Fine.  Start taking what you can,

right where you are right now.

Try taking several three or four-day

weekends of vacation in a row,

if you can’t get away for a week.

Try a “stay-cation,” which counts

as long as you are not working!

If you can’t leave, explore  where you

live as if you were a tourist.

Go see the sights!

Just please stop and smell the roses.

They aren’t going to bloom forever.

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