It should come to no surprise to over-worked Americans that according to every survey done over the past decade, people in the U.S. are not taking all of their earned vacation days or Paid Time Off (PTO) each year. For someone that actively manages their vacation days to ensure every one is an opportunity to enjoy life, this seems illogical and extremely disappointing.
Perhaps workers are worried about their job since the economy has been struggling and unemployment still hovers over 10%. Some people may think that taking time off from work will affect their job performance or be viewed as a lack of commitment to the employer. While those are legitimate concerns, the reality is that taking a vacation actually leads to higher productivity upon returning to work.
Employees that come back from a trip, whether a local getaway or visiting a far off destination demonstrate increased focus, creativity, and simply get more done. There are several reasons mentioned and here are a few key points to consider if you are unsure whether to ask your manager to approve a time off request:
So next time you are worried to ask your manager about taking a vacation, ask with confidence and clear evidence that you are looking to improve productivity and benefit the company. Not taking a few days or a week of vacation for whatever purpose (travel, family, enrichment) will actually lead to reduced performance. Believe it!
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