Take a break – it might just help your productivity.
Summer is now in full swing and though you may not be on a semester schedule any more, summer may still signify a time to enjoy the great outdoors and relax. But are you able to unwind and really unplug from work? According to research from Glassdoor.com, the average U.S. employee uses only about half of his or her eligible vacation time, and most admit to doing some work during that time off. Clearly, with today’s workplace technology, it is much easier to stay connected. However, taking some time away can help you recharge and return with the energy to be more productive and focused (not to mention a renewed appreciation for paid time off).
In an article recently posted on LinkedIn, Alice Waagen suggests summer vacation time is more traditionally “expected and accepted,” meaning that it may be an easier time to take a well-deserved break. So, in the spirit of enjoying “Those Lazy-Hazy-Crazy Days of Summer” plan some down time that just might up your productivity and improve your outlook. Check out these tips from an article in Prevention magazine and make the most of those precious days of summer vacation.
By Kristin Nisbet-White, assistant director of the Millikin Career Center