Your employees’ days consist of email, meetings, phone calls, and often, a whole lot of chaos. Sometimes, they cancel doctors’ appointments. Other times, they have to call on their significant other to pick up the kids or run a gamut of after-work errands. If you’re like many leaders, you’ve gotten so caught up in the day-to-day business of your company, that you may have lost focus on what — or, perhaps who — really matters.
When it comes down to it, if you’ve hired the right people, you have a team of folks who do their best for you each and every day. You have an army of hard-working employees who adhere to your company’s standards and show up every day, striving to be the very best they can be. And then the deadlines happen. Uncomfortable communications occur. The workload piles up. Cortisol builds as stress levels climb out of control.
You may not see it, but your employees feel it.
The stress of work, constant emails, and the rope that pulls them in every direction — it’s enough to make a person spin out of control. If you’re starting to feel stressed just by reading this blog, stay tuned for some inspiring ideas involving relaxation and increased productivity in the workplace.
Stronger Focus, Faster Work
Perfectly stated, Jack Zenger explains, “[I]t’s not that taking a break will refresh your brain and let you get more done; it’s that simply spending less time at your desk forces you to waste less time,” in his HBR.org article that centers around this topic.
As it turns out, companies that offer more vacation time actually see an increase in productivity. While this may be counterintuitive to old-school leaders and thinkers, this may be due to a few different factors. Employees that know they have to prep for vacation — and will have a greater workload when they return from their respite — find ways to be more efficient both before and after their vacation to ensure they get the job done.
They schedule efficient meetings, re-work their days to accomplish major tasks in short order, and understand how to delegate tasks that can be done by others when they’re not around. In short: they’re more focused, faster workers who get the gist of positive teamwork. Additionally once they return, they’ll be more focused and productive having had a break from the day-to-day.
A Happier Workforce
Do you want a happier workforce that gets things done throughout the day? Consider adding a reprieve to the typical 8 or 9 to 5 schedule. According to Forbes, time away from work allows employers to:
- Experience increased employee morale;
- Decrease expensive turnover;
- Benefit from a team of healthy individuals who are ready to conquer each and every day.
A quote from Adam Sacks in the Forbes’ article says it best: “Leaving earned days [off] the table harms, not helps, employers by creating a less productive and less loyal employee.” Encouraging and making it possible for your employees to take the time they’ve earned is not only financially prudent, but will ensure a happier and more productive workforce.
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