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Take the vacation — you, your business and your team need it

We’re heading into late June and the summer months. Not only does everyone deserve a break from the workplace, but they need it for their own well-being. And the well-being of those people who work with them. All to often, especially in this harried world we now inhabit, it’s too easy to shortchange yourself and not take that time away. Leaders and managers are often the biggest culprits.

Why? Because they often think they’re indispensable and the business will fall part without them. And if they do take a holiday that’s long enough to potentially be refreshing, many spend most of that time on their cellphones or laptops ‘checking in’. 

As a business coach who works with leaders and management, I’m a strong advocate of stepping away from it all and taking the opportunity to recharge. That means putting away all your devices for the week or two or three that you’re gone, or if you absolutely must, putting a time limit on it. If you simply can’t enjoy yourself unless you have touched base on what’s going on back at the office, or if something is transpiring that is imperative you check in, set a time limit. Say for example, 9 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. each morning. Once the bell strikes the half hour, that’s it for the day.

I am a big proponent of taking a a real break where you step away from it all and put the office behind you. None of us are so important that we can’t do take time for ourselves. The reality is we also need it. As leaders and managers, you often work long, hard hours five, six and sometimes seven days a week. That’s not healthy for anyone and in the long run, not productive either. There’s times it may be necessary because of a significant change in the business such as a merger or acquisition. But to operate that way in the long-term is not going to do you or your business much good.

Your role as a leader or manager in your field is important — but so is the rest of your life. Taking care of your health, mental well-being and spending time with your loved ones and friends should be just as critical.

Take that holiday, enjoy it and take a deep breath. Your business and the people who work with you and for you will likely thank you for it! And you’ll be a better leader/manager.