The importance of Time off:
Best Practices for Employers and Employees
As an employee, your allocated paid time off is for you to use. Even if there is potential to roll these days over, consider investing in your present well-being by using the time to recharge now. There is sometimes a sense of guilt in taking time off- nip that in the bud – time off helps you return invigorated and refreshed! It’s yours to take, so reconsider squirreling it away.
Coming out of the 2021 pandemic, there’s been a reevaluation of the traditional work week – an audit not only on space is most considered for work but also a push for deliverables rather than the 9 -5 workday hours. Data collected from a recent study in Iceland shows stark benefits in a 4-day work week. Conversations are being had that put into question the conventional norm and value personal health and professional success over hours accumulated at the workplace.
Best practice to divide home vs office
• Take your vacation in the year its allocated; we can all use a break now.
• Senior leaders need to promote taking time off by taking their own vacation
• Consider providing recharge days to promote mental health. This could even be a half day on a Friday or Wednesday afternoon; doesn’t have to be a long period