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Time For The Holidays!!

Posted By Jeff Dover, CRFP, RFMA, Wednesday, December 18, 2019
Updated: Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Hello RFMA Members,

Well, it's the Holiday Season again. It's time to relax and enjoy some time off and spend some quality time with your family. This is the time of the year to reflect back on the past 12 months and be grateful for all you have. I will be taking several days off to enjoy my family and hope you are able to do the same. Unless it's truly a work emergency, stay away from your phone and laptop!

The entire staff here at RFMA wish you and your loved ones a very happy Holiday Season. We appreciate all you do for our association and your companies. I know restaurant facilities work can be frustrating at times but we are here to help.

Dover and out.


Jeff Dover, CRFP 
Facilities Resource Manager | Restaurant Facility Management Association 
jeff@rfmaonline.com
972-805-0905 ext


Tags:  holiday season  recharge  time off 

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Happy Thanksgiving!!

Posted By Jeff Dover, CRFP, RFMA, Wednesday, November 21, 2018
Updated: Thursday, November 8, 2018

Hello RFMA members,

Well, it Thanksgiving already. Here's hoping you are able to take a few days off and enjoy time with family and friends and have a wonderful meal. Try not to check on any work related issues for a few days. It's imperative to take time off away from work from time to time and this means completely checking out. Don't check emails or follow up on normal day to day items. Hopefully you have set up strategic/emergency back-up vendors to deal with any issues. You may want to even post an "out of office" in your Outlook account.

I know it sounds easier said than done but both you and your family or friends will benefit from your time off.

Have a safe and wonderful Thanksgiving!

Dover and out.



Jeff Dover, CRFP 
Facilities Resource Manager | Restaurant Facility Management Association 
jeff@rfmaonline.com
972-805-0905 ext.

Tags:  recharge  refresh  Time off 

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Take Time Off

Posted By Jeff Dover, CRFP, RFMA, Wednesday, July 18, 2018
Updated: Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Hello RFMA members,

Well it's been a record hot summer thus far. Hope your store's A/C's are keeping up. This is normally the time of the year for vacations. With all the responsibilities of a restaurant facilities professional, it's imperative you take time off away from work. Restaurant facilities professionals are basically on call 24/7, 365 days a year. In our industry, there is a real possibility of job burn out. Years and years of being constantly on call dealing with typical restaurant facility issues can, and will beat you down. You must be able to get away from all of it for short periods throughout the year. It is imperative to use your vacation and get totally disconnected. It will not only help you recharge and refresh but your productivity, patience, and attitude will all improve. It's been shown through many work related studies that employees in high pressure positions lose their productivity without any real time off. When taking time off, take time off. No checking email regularly and definitely not answering work phone calls. You'll be easily sucked back into a situation where you'll waste some of your vacation time and whatever the call is about may require additional calls and follow up. Communication prior to your vacation is very important.  Establish strategic back-ups for your projects. Complete "out of office" automatic email notifications. Talk to your supervisor and vendors who may be in the middle of a few of your projects. Let everyone know you are off and not to call.

I know it sounds easier said than done but both you and your organization will benefit from your time off.

Have a safe and wonderful rest of the summer.

Dover and out.



Jeff Dover, CRFP 
Facilities Resource Manager | Restaurant Facility Management Association 
jeff@rfmaonline.com
972-805-0905 ext. 3



Tags:  recharge  time off  Vacation 

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Time Off

Posted By Jeff Dover, CRFP, RFMA, Wednesday, August 3, 2016
Updated: Thursday, July 7, 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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