June 18, 2010 | Barb Carr

Career Development: Take a Vacation … Advanced Root Cause Analysis in Great Locations!

Summer! Yes!

Work consists of whatever a body is obliged to do.
Play consists of whatever a body is not obliged to do.
~ Mark Twain

What will happen if all we ever do in life is what we are obliged to do …

I shudder at that thought, but there are many people who live that way.

A vacation promotes our career development. There are many reasons that it’s important to take a vacation from work other than the obvious reason: burnout. Here are a few:

Vacations Improve Job Performance: Uninspired? Can’t seem to get started on an important project? The psychological benefits that come with regular vacations increase quality of life and personal morale, and that leads to increased quality of work and creativity! You have a choice to drag yourself through the next project and do it halfway, or take a vacation break and come back and blow that project out of the water. Which do you think is better for your next performance review?

Vacations Strengthen Family Bonds and Give Employees a Firm Foundation: Do you know more about your co-worker’s children than your own? This is a sure sign you need a vacation! Family vacations contribute to the good health of our families by strengthening the bonds created by shared moments, encouraging unity and family togetherness, and building and sharing common values. Employees with healthy family relationships are:

  • better at coping with stress
  • more resilient
  • more content with their lifestyle
  • supported by the family in ways that build higher self esteem
  • optimistic and have a better sense of humor

Vacations Decrease Stress: Stress alone makes for a miserable day, and prolonged stress will eventually lead to physical health issues. Studies prove that a vacation will actually lower our stress levels up to five weeks later.

Vacations Reduce Sick Time: Research indicates that three days after a vacation, a person’s physical complaints and quality of sleep improves and these benefits are also still present five weeks later. Don’t let sick time eat up your vacation time!

VacationBefore you pack up your desk and announce that you’ll be away for two weeks (although if you can do it, go for it!), a long weekend totally free from work can be a mini-vacation that leads to the benefits above.

Make it your goal to have a new photo of yourself enjoying some well-deserved time away from work with the people you love on your desk by the end of the summer.

(P.S. Don’t forget, we often hold advanced root cause analysis courses in great locations for a mini vacation. Train, refresh a day or two, and return to work better than ever!)

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