Monthly Archive for July, 2006

How To Make Your Vacation Work For You

Time away from the job will improve your efficiency and help accelerate your pace along the career path. In the end, personal down time will benefit your employer as well. Have the courage and wisdom to act on this career advice.

Seven-Steps To A Successful Vacation

1. Come to grips with the fact that your employer can get along for a few days without you. However, it is to be hoped that your absence will cause everyone to recognize how much you contribute when you are on the job.

2. Reject the macho idea that long hours with your nose to the grindstone demonstrate strength and commitment. It’s what you produce that counts. Even an ox needs time out of the yoke.

3. Plan your next vacation in advance. Hold to that date, come hell or high water. Cancel it only on a direct order from your employer. If your employer forces you to cancel your vacation, make sure he has a good reason. Absent a reason, consider whether you are working in an environment that will nurture your growth.

4. As you near the date of your vacation, establish a plan to cover your responsibilities. Do work in advance. Delegate. Advise your associates of your plans and what you expect to happen while you are away.

5. Leave a contact point where you can be reached with a “gatekeeper”. Don’t check with the office while you are on vacation. They’ll call you if you are needed. Don’t panic if they don’t contact you. Take satisfaction that your vacation plan is working.

6. Flush work out of your mind. Put the components of your life in perspective. Recharge your batteries. Read things totally unrelated to your work. Get plenty of rest.

7. Be prepared to double your efforts when you return from vacation to catch up and go ahead with your work.

Career Tip: It’s well to remember that there is no record of anyone wishing on their deathbed that they had spent less time on vacation.

Is Vacation Working For You?

Will your 2006 vacation work for you?

Vacations are supposed to be those times when we get away from the daily grind, that even the best of jobs become after a time, to recharge out batteries. But vacations don’t always work that way.

The current issue of my semi-monthly newsletter focuses on this subject.

Think about these findings from recent surveys.

One-fourth of all American workers do not get a paid vacation. Of those who have the benefit about one-third don’t use all the time they earn. On average, four days of earned vacation are unused.

Fourteen days is the average vacation available for the three fourths of those men and women who do get a vacation. (That number is 24 days per year in England and 39 days in France.)

About one-third check their faxes and e-mails each day on vacation.

Sixty-five percent of those take some vacation feel stress about being away from their job.

What do you think of this?

Do you use all the vacation time you earn?

How’s about sharing your challenges in taking the vacation time you have earned?

This is your blog. I hope you will make the most of it. Share your thoughts and advice with others. Explain your problems on the job. I’ll be glad to offer individualized advice. And I am sure others will be glad to share what they have learned from their experiences.