It’s that time of year when everyone is thinking vacation! The kids are now out of school, the days are getting hotter, and what better way to spend a moment than to think about getting away. There is actually plenty of research showing that “unplugging” from work — and simply the everyday routine — is very important. It can be an opportunity to spend time together with family and friends, as well as to actually talk with kids and spouses!
That is the idea behind going on vacation. However, does this really happen? In today’s uber-connected world, are we able to keep from answering emails, taking calls from work, or staying engaged with work while on vacation?
According to Intel Security, Americans are the least likely (49%) to unplug from work while on vacation. Take a look at some statistics:
- 68% reported checking both work and personal emails while on vacation
- 55% who planned on disconnecting were not able to do so
- 39% of millennials would leave their smartphones behind, but only 37% of adults aged 40-50 would.
The American Psychological Association’s 2018 Work and Wellbeing survey gives a similar picture. Approximately 90% of Americans that work did enjoy vacation time during the past year. Taking a closer look, the survey says that 27% haven’t taken a vacation in the past 6 months, while 36% did not use all their paid vacation time last year.
When asked why they didn’t take a vacation, some U.S. workers stated that:
- the corporate culture doesn’t encourage employees to take time off: 50%
- the supervisor doesn’t encourage it : 62%
- the workload makes it difficult to take time off: 33%
- they don’t want to miss important information or opportunities: 25%
- they feel guilty and worry that they will be viewed as less committed to their jobs: 20%
These scenarios show that some of us may think about taking vacation but it may not actually be so easy to get away. Or, if you do go away, you cannot fully relax due to concerns about work or other serious responsibilities. In fact, the whole thing can be quite stressful! BUT, taking a vacation has many benefits! Vacations allow us to…
- spend time with family and friends
- learn or experience something new
- reduce stress
- return rejuvenated or motivated
- improve productivity
- improve overall physical and mental health
- have something to look forward to.
This list of benefits can actually go on and on. With this in mind, why don’t you make a promise to yourself that you will take a vacation no matter how long AND make sure to fully unplug this year while you are away. It may be difficult initially, but you will definitely notice a positive difference in your life. So go ahead and take the time to enjoy a little “rest and relaxation”…your body and mind will thank you for it.
Information also sourced from a blog by Sasha Segu, Vacations Recharge Employees Batteries and May Help Your Bottom Line. July 25, 2018.