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Vacation Time!!

Posted By Jeff Dover, CRFP, RFMA, Wednesday, July 3, 2019
Updated: Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Hello RFMA members,

Summer is almost half over and I hope your emergencies are few. Summer is the time for vacations and it's your responsibility to take time off. Restaurant facility professionals are on call 24/7 every day of the year. It's a demanding job that can cause burnout if people do not take time for themselves and their family to relax and forget about their restaurants. Trust me, I've been there and sometimes it's simply overwhelming. For you and your organization, you must be able to get away and recharge. It will help both yourself and your company. It's been proven through many studies that employees in high pressure positions lose their productivity without any real time off. When taking vacation, take vacation. No checking email and definitely not answering your phone. You can easily be sucked back into emergencies which require follow-up and phone calls. Communication prior to your vacation is critical. Establish back-ups for your projects and complete an "out of office" automatic email notification. Talk to your supervisor and vendors who may be in the middle of your projects. Let critical individuals know you will not be available. I'm on vacation now in historic Philadelphia and enjoying every minute. Tomorrow is our nations Independence Day and I can't think of a better place to celebrate.

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

Have a safe 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:  refresh  time off  vacations 

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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



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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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