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Vacation !!

Posted By Jeff Dover, CRFP, RFMA, Wednesday, August 5, 2015
Updated: Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Hello RFMA members,

I am currently "across the pond" in England on vacation, which reminds me, we should always use up our allotted vacation days. It seems to me over the past 10-15 years, people, in general, tend to not use all their vacation time. I am not sure what the reasons are for this but tend to think workers must think their company can't get along without them or fear losing their position while they are gone. Either way, studies have consistently shown you need to have time away from your job to regroup, recharge, and refocus. Also, when on vacation, be on vacation. How many of us continue to regularly check our emails and respond while away from the office? I realize it's very, very difficult to not check emails but you must force yourself not too. You will be better off in the long term. If you are "strong" enough to not check your Outlook while on vacation, I know it's brutal returning to work on your first day back. You'll probably have about 400 emails, which are all emergencies. I highly recommend taking an additional vacation day, usually a Monday, and slowly get back into your routine. It always helped me to begin checking and responding to emails on the Monday following a vacation. I could work for a while, then take breaks constantly thru the day while prioritizing which emergencies would be addressed in the proper order when I officially returned to the office on Tuesday. It helped me ease back into work.

In summary, you need time away from work to remain a productive and not get "burned out". Your company will understand and, quite frankly, will want you to take time off.

Gotta go, I'm off to see the Queen!!

Dover and out.

Tags:  burnout  emails  vacation 

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