Why you can — and should — take a vacation
In the first few years of starting a business, it may feel like the business owns you. Being a grinding workaholic may have been good for your business, but it’s also a great way to burn out. And if you can’t unplug, you may be passing that mind-set on to your employees.
Truth is, taking vacation time improves personal productivity and creativity. These four tips can help you better balance your life and de-stress your workplace — with the end result of delivering even better customer service.
Plan aheadLet your clients and employees know when you plan on taking a vacation. Block your calendar, adding an “out of office notice” (with contact information for your delegates) and make sure that your business will be properly staffed while you’re away.
DelegateEmpower your employees to make decisions while you’re gone. Make sure they know who to contact for tasks you normally manage.
Have an escalation planThere may be moments when you need to weigh in on a specific issue. Make sure your employees know the conditions under which they have authority to make decisions, and those where you need to be consulted. That way, you won’t be tethered to email and can rest assured they will call or text you to escalate an issue in the (hopefully) odd chance you need to be brought in.
Be creativeNot sure that a 2-week vacation is right for your business situation? Try adding a day or two to business travel to explore a new city. Or “unplug” during a series of 3-day weekends to give yourself a fresh perspective.
Bottom line, take those needed days off. You’ll come back recharged and more creative. Your business will thank you — and so will your employees.
Read additional tips on how you can, and why you should, take a break.
Source: Vacation: How Entrepreneurs Can, And Why They Should, Take A Break
Dinah Wisenberg Brin, Forbes.com, Jan. 31, 2018