Monday, September 22, 2014

Vacations are good for you

The Society for Human Resources Management discovered multiple benefits for those who take vacations, including greater productivity, increased job satisfaction and higher organizational morale than those who don't. 

So I am taking their advice, as even those of us who are retired should take vacations. I will be on vacation for the next six weeks, but I will continue to post over that time, thanks to the marvels of technology. When I return  I will post some reflections on our trip and issues with travelling as a boomer.

Vacation time offers an opportunity to refresh their minds and strengthen performance, which positively impacts the organization overall. Here are some of the key findings:

    • Vacation improves workforce productivity: More than three in four talent leaders (77%) believe that employees who use their vacation time are more productive than those who do not.
    • Employees who take most or all of their vacation time are happier in their jobs: A strong majority of human resource managers (78 percent) say that taking advantage of available vacation time improves employee job satisfaction
    • Taking advantage of available vacation days leads to a happy, motivated workforce: Nine in 10 respondents (90 percent) agreed that employee vacations are an important component in maintaining a positive organizational culture.
    • Employees continue to leave time on the table: Six in 10 organizations report that their employees fail to use an average of three or more days of paid vacation each year. 
    • Those who take vacation time recharge and bring the benefits back into the office by strengthening their own performance and contributing to the success of the entire organization. So if you have put off having your vacation, now is a good time to consider taking some time off and helping your self and your organization

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