10 Bad Habits that Should Be Banned from the Workplace
Don't Skimp on Vacation Time
A survey for the career website Glassdoor found that U.S. employees use only 51 percent of their eligible paid vacation time and paid time off, according to a recent survey of 2,300 workers who receive paid vacation. Even more frightening, 61 percent of Americans work while they are on vacation, despite complaints from family members, and one in four report being contacted by a colleague about a work-related matter while taking time off, while one-in-five have been contacted by their boss.
Plan your vacations, take them, and enjoy yourself. Give yourself and your teammates permission to unplug.
You need to refresh and revitalize to be more effective. And, your family will love you for it. According to John De Graaf, who made a documentary about overworked Americans called "Running Out of Time," there is a high cost to not taking vacation. "Women who don't take regular vacations are anywhere from two to eight times more likely to suffer from depression, and have a 50 percent higher chance of heart disease," he says. "For men, the risk of death from a heart attack goes up a third."