By Lindsey Anderson, CPA
Manager, Tax Services
After the last couple of years, which have been quite erratic, we could all use a break. With summer in full swing, now is the time to take one!
But given the unpredictable, ever-changing nature of the business world, are you hesitant to step away from your work? With proper notice and planning, there’s no shame in taking a vacation. Just sit down with your manager to work out a schedule and determine who can take over your tasks while you’re gone. They’ll be grateful for the heads-up! If you don’t plan for a vacation, you may never take one.
This also applies to you, business owners!
Let your staff know that vacations are important by taking one yourself. For all the reasons stated below, everyone can benefit from some “R & R” to return renewed and refreshed!
It’s therapeutic to get away. Not only is it good to escape the hustle and bustle of your daily work life; it’s also refreshing to have a change of scenery outside of work. Discouraged by increased gas and travel costs? You don’t have to go to Paris — consider visiting one of your state’s parks or booking a hotel on the other side of town.
Time away sharpens your focus. Amid the rapid flurry of emails, texts and daily tasks, you may forget what is truly important, and you should not allow immediate but less important tasks to consume your calendar! Slowing down helps you gain perspective on your career path as well as your life outside of work. These long-term perspectives grow clearer when you step away from your workplace. Your home life shouldn’t just feel like the place you return to tired after work. Vacations can inspire ways to make your personal life more fulfilling.
Family time is important. You don’t want work to make you miss your loved ones’ milestones in life. Take time to celebrate those special events. (One of our own staff members is getting ready to visit his grandmother for her 100th birthday!) Spending time with loved ones is often the best escape from the stress of our workday lives. It’s our happy place. So, reward yourself and have some fun with those you hold most dear. Time with them will remind you what you’re working for in the long run and the quality of life you’re striving to provide them as well as the importance they provide to you.
You’ll return to work ready to rock! Everyone needs time off. You shouldn’t feel guilty about it. In fact, you’ll be a stronger performer and your business will benefit if you give yourself a break every once in a while. So, kick back, take a load off and come back revitalized! Your respective stakeholders (employees, managers, customers, vendors, etc.) will appreciate your renewed energy and improved ATTITUDE!