Your boss really regrets not taking enough time off during his/her last vacation, if the results of a recent survey are any indication. Given how grumpy people get when they’re not well-rested, you may be regretting it, too.
Staffing firm OfficeTeam said it surveyed senior managers to find out how they approached their vacation time. According to the firm, one in three (34%) of the respondents said that taking too little time off was the biggest mistake they made with their last vacation.
One quarter of the senior managers interviewed said they couldn’t relax, or get their minds off of work. This isn’t surprising, since 22% said they made the mistake of checking in with the office too many times while on vacation.
OfficeTeam advises managers to time their vacations to avoid scheduling them during “crunch time” at work. Also they should have their workplace sorted out for their absence, by having people designated who can handle tasks, and make decisions.
Managers should also remember to notify all key people of their impending vacation, and to get important work cleared before departure. Most of all, managers should plan to disconnect from the office as much as possible, and set firm “ground rules” about how much contact to have with work.
If your boss does all of these things — and takes a good, long, relaxing vacation this year — you and your co-workers may all be thankful.
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