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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.

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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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