Vacations, productivity and work balance
Summer is traditionally a time that employees take a vacation, but this year with the pandemic it is harder than ever for employees to turn work off, re-charge and find a healthy work life balance. The pandemic has increased many employees’ responsibilities at home with child care, elder parent care and we are fighting hard to find work-life balance, even on a daily basis. The pandemic has caused stress and exhaustion in most of us and our productivity levels will suffer if we do not take the time to unplug and unwind. One of the best ways to recharge and reboot is the recuperative benefits of a vacation.
Vacations are considered a benefit against losing top talent and the high costs associated with replacing an employee which can be as much as two times their annual salary. Exhaustion is the opposite of what every employer wants which is employee engagement. Gallup data shows that employees that are engaged are 28% more productive and will be even more committed than what is expected.
According to the U.S. Travel Association US workers accumulated 705 million unused vacation days in 2017, up from 662 million days the year before. Research consistently shows the health benefits of taking vacation time, like improved productivity, lower stress and better mental health. Vacations are relaxing and they help boost creativity and productivity.