Most of us will readily admit to the fact that we work too much and too hard. Everyday, we are rushing to and around the office in an attempt to move further up the corporate ladder and it comes with the expense that our health will suffer. Stress in our lives has become very damaging to our general wellbeing and doctors have warned of the effects of this. We know it’s bad for us and yet, we continue on as if nothing is wrong with it. All this work for very little reward just doesn’t make any sense.
People now feel bad when they take their vacation days that they are legally entitled to take and employers make them feel equally bad when they do so. Taking holidays are seen as a sign of weakness and may even affect your future opportunities because your boss thinks that you don’t care enough. It is a catch 22 situation because you are damned if you do and damned if you don’t. Taking your holiday time has been proven to be good for you and for your company.
There are surprising benefits to taking vacations and here are some of those.
- Taking vacations at the beautiful holiday cottages in the picturesque peak district, for example,reduces your risk for having a heart attack and that has to be good for both you and your boss. If you are lying in a hospital bed, then you are not at work doing what you are supposed to be doing. Avoiding this situation altogether would be the preferred option for all concerned. Vacations lower the incidence by 30% in men and a whopping 50% in women. I think that we can agree that a vacation is just what the doctor ordered.
- Taking a holiday actually boosts your energy that may have been depleted because the last time, you left the office was 3 years ago when you took a weekend away. You have been feeling bad since then about taking a vacation and you almost lost an account due to it. Taking a break, even a short one, means that you will come back to the office with more energy and your work output will improve.
- A vacation might get you a raise or a promotion. Let me explain. If you take holidays, you are happy, if you are happy, then you are more likely to stay with your company for longer. If you are with your company for longer, then you will very likely get a promotion as a reward. A promotion means more money.
As well as the physical health benefits, there are the mental health benefits and a health mind and body is the secret to success in life no matter what you are doing. If you haven’t taken a holiday because you were worried that you might miss out on an opportunity, then you probably missed out on that same opportunity because you didn’t take a vacation.