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Why Your Vacation Matters | Business Tips for Insurance Agents

Published on September 1, 2016

When’s the last time you actually took time off? Time to go away and detox, unplug, sit in the sun or in the shade and just be. For most of us it’s been far too long. As a society we’re bad about taking the time to truly do this. Even time off is used to get things done.

We describe weekends like this more often than not:
“How was your weekend?”

“Good! I got a lot done.”

or the converse…

“How was your weekend?”

“I had to go to all these events/do these things/participate in this activity that was okay I guess… but I didn’t get near enough done.”

According to the  Glassdoor Q1 2014 Employment Confidence Survey, if you’ve struggled with this, you’re not alone by any means. But sometimes it’s not just a good idea to get some time away, it’s actually beneficial to your work habits and energy, too. The following is from their press release on these findings:

Among employees who receive vacation and/or paid time off, 85 percent report taking at least some time off in the past 12 months while 15 percent report taking no vacation/paid time off. Over the same time period, one in four (25 percent) report taking 100 percent of their eligible time off. Two in five (40 percent) employees report taking 25 percent or less of their eligible time off.

Taking paid time off, however, doesn’t mean it’s for a vacation as one in 10 (11 percent) employees who took vacation time in the past 12 months report using paid time off to interview for another job. Among those 18-34 years old, one in five (20 percent) say they’ve used vacation time to interview for another job.

Plus, vacationing doesn’t necessarily mean getting away from work. Three in five (61 percent) employees who have taken vacation/paid time off admit working at least some while on vacation… Of employees who have worked while on vacation, one in three (33 percent) report doing so because no one else at their company can do the work. Other reasons for working while on vacation include: fear of getting behind (28 percent), desire for a promotion (19 percent), fear of losing job (17 percent), and wanting to outperform colleagues (13 percent), among other reasons…

“It’s clear the word vacation among employers and employees doesn’t mean what it did in the past. Before technology allowed us to be connected 24/7, we were more likely to have actually ‘vacated’ our work for a couple of weeks a year, but now, it appears one full day away is a luxury,” said Rusty Rueff, Glassdoor career and workplace expert. “While there is always work to be done, employees should be conscious of using time off they’ve earned to recharge. In turn, employers should consider being more clear to everyone about what it means to be on vacation, actually let others be on vacation, and go beyond just encouraging employees to use time off. Some real rest and relaxation will help employees return to work energized, ready to contribute and make them less susceptible to ‘burn out.’”

So, while you’re not alone if you’ve slacked off on the art and necessity of vacating your regular job and duties, it doesn’t mean you don’t need a recharge. Once you give your brain and body a break, even if it’s just a full day, you are more likely to have creative juices flowing and to come up with answers to problems that have been stumping you.

While it may seem counter-intuitive, taking time off can truly help your business. As we approach Labor Day weekend, we want to challenge you to take some time for yourself and your family to help you rejuvenate and come back a refreshed and more power-house version of yourself. Part of taking care of your business is taking care of yourself.

Infographic courtesy of Citrix

Have a great holiday weekend and don’t forget to relax and enjoy yourself!


 

Abram Interstate Insurance Services, Inc. is a California wholesale insurance broker (CMGA) that has licensing and expertise to place business in both admitted and non-admitted markets for personal lines insurance and commercial lines insurance in California and surrounding areas. 

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