Do you need a vacation? Have you been thinking about some taking time off? In stressful times, everyone needs a break. Agreed? Well how many of you are actually hesitant to request the time? With frequent company layoffs and downsizings some are concerned that taking time off may reflect poorly on their job commitment. However, what is worse: not taking time off and burning out, which ultimately may lead to low productivity or taking some time off to recharge your batteries to come back to work refreshed and ready to get back in the game? There are ways that you can take time without the guilt.
- Plan around the activity of your job. Depending on your job and industry there may be times of the month that are busier than others. Reassure your manager that there will be little to manage while you are away.
- Job share. Pick a buddy that you can rely on to share responsibilities while you are out. In return, you will do the same for them while they are out. This would create a win-win solution for both people.
- Remote Access. Most jobs these days can be done remotely. Let your manager and colleagues know that you will be out of the office but will check your email once or twice a day. This will allow you down time but still be accessible if questions arise.
So before you fade away, recharge the batteries and freshen up your career. Be responsible with your time off but be attuned to your needs.