Dawn Dugan specializes in writing books, articles, white papers, reports and special communications for the human resources industry. She is the co-author of Effective Executive Compensation, which was published by AMACOM in 2008. Read more...
The adage "timing is everything" holds particularly true when it comes to vacations.
If you work in an industry that has busy times, don’t choose the most hectic time of year to go on vacation. Similarly, don’t choose to take time off the week your organization has a company retreat, when your department has a big presentation to give, or when you are in the middle of important negotiations with a client.
You might not get your ideal vacation week, but at least if you choose to go on vacation during your company's downtime, you can actually enjoy your time off as opposed to taking a half-hearted vacation that isn't really a vacation at all.