Don’t Be a Work Martyr: Take Your PTO!

I get it! You’re busy! You have commitments! But don’t be a work martyr.

Make sure you carve out time for yourself, your family, and your friends. Don’t succumb to the temptation to become a work martyr.  It’s not in your best interests personally or professionally. Studies show (Project Time Off has a corner on this niche market of research) that PEOPLE WHO DO NOT TAKE TIME OFF are about 25% less likely to receive a promotion and approximately 80% less likely to receive a raise as compared to their peers who actually allow themselves time to enjoy life and relax. Hmm. These figures might seem counter-intuitive to many who work in highly competitive environments, but let’s look deeper at why taking time off promotes productivity and success in all environments, and is critical to long-term success in highly competitive environments.

  • You gain perspective when you step away from work.
  • You’re relationships improve when you are less pre-occupied with work.
  • Your productivity improves when you give yourself a mental and physical break.
  • Giving up (some) control over work is good for you.

Effective leaders need to model the right behaviors by taking vacations and by praising individuals who take time to enjoy life while showing an appropriate commitment to work.

Here is a summary of the fascinating statistics Project Time Off has compiled and presented in the video below:

  • American workers taking vacation time has been on the decline since 2000, with a small increase in 2016.
  • In 2016, 54% of workers left vacations days unused.
  • Vacations promote productivity and profitability and decrease accidents.

Summer officially starts in ONE WEEK: Thursday, June 21. Plan a great vacation this summer. It will help you and your workplace.

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