If you’ve been saving your vacation days in hopes of better times, this is your sign! It’s important to take time off to reset, and it’s just as critical to encourage your team to do the same. According to a LinkedIn survey, employee burnout has risen by 30% during the pandemic, and over 71% of folks say that they are waiting to take time off from work until the world starts to reopen again. Considering we’re mostly stuck at home with limited options to travel, it’s not surprising that people are just not taking time off.
The good news is that even though travel may be off the table, studies are proving that the right kind of staycation can be equally beneficial to one’s mental health and recovery, even if your couch is far less exciting than a beach in Hawaii. The key is to truly detach from work. You’ve earned the time off, you’ve worked your tail off, and provided great work without a break all year. Book the day, turn off ALL notifications and unplug fully. Having restorative time away from work ultimately increases your productivity and creativity.