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Time Off

Posted By Jeff Dover, CRFP, RFMA, Wednesday, August 03, 2016
Updated: Thursday, July 07, 2016

Hello RFMA members,

Do you wake up at night thinking about work? Do you hear your phone "beep" signaling a new message while in bed then frantically get up after a few minutes because you don't want to miss an important message? Are you constantly checking your phone on weekends and on vacation? Welcome to the restaurant facilities world.

Through the advancement of technology, FM's are now on call 24/7. In our business this is required but there should be a limit on availability. I've been around this too long to see the effects of years of being on call 24/7/365. Getting burned out is a real threat within our industry. You need breaks to refresh your soul and get recharged. Today is my last work day before taking some time off on vacation. I recommend to take all of your allotted, approved, paid vacation days. It seems there is a tendency withing facilities to not use all your vacation time. Many think their company can't get along without them or fear losing their position while they are gone. Studies have shown people need time off to recharge, regroup, and refocus. Additionally, when on vacation, be "on vacation". Try to minimize all work activities. Have the proper discussions with your supervisor to ensure you have back-ups to handle any emergencies that you would normally tackle. My recommendation would be to take one(1) extra day, usually a Monday after your initial vacation is over, to slowly get back into your work routine. You can check and prioritize emails accordingly so that when you officially return it's not as stressful.

In closing, take time off and try to completely forget about work. Your company will understand and should want you to get away to recharge.

Dover and out.

Tags:  recharge  time off  vacation 

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