Jim Hopkinson is an author, writer, and speaker living in New York City. His focus is on career development for the new economy, showing how new media, technology and branding are changing how people look at their career and lifestyle. Read more...
Just because your boss is jetting off to his lavish ocean-side villa each weekend, doesn't mean you need to set up a beach chair in your cubicle for the next few months. If you have vacation time, take it.
This is something that many people struggle with, especially the Type-A personalities among us. With the boss out of the office, some would argue the benefits of staying at work and getting caught up on all their projects. Here’s why that doesn’t make sense. Surveys show that 36% of workers don’t use all their vacation days. If you’ve worked hard to negotiate your pay, your title, and your benefits, why leave any perks on the table?
It can also lead to burnout and stress on the job. Even the best employee can’t keep operating at an optimal level for months on end. By taking time off to recharge your batteries, you can come back from the beach even more productive. So trust me, slowly step away from your inbox.