Absolutely! Several years ago when I was a VP of Operations, my HR mentor used to give me a hard time about taking more vacation, as I had to not only enjoy more time off but she also wanted me to set a good example for my team. It was tough to fit it in – after all, isn’t there always a new crisis brewing? She was absolutely right.
Time off not only gives you a chance to rest and rejuvenate which typically helps you come back to work in a refreshed frame-of-mind but it also gives you quality time with family, friends and/or alone. After all, what’s life about if you cannot take time to enjoy it.
The last few years, I’ve been fortuante to be able to go on vacations with my family (parents, brothers, nephew etc), friends, and alone (typically to visit relatives, friends etc). I see a lot of people working really hard especially in the recession (for example, my brother is a high quality electrical engineer who works a significant # of hours in order to keep the projects on track with fewer peers to help complete them), and so I think it’s important to remember vacation/ rest. I’ve been on vacations ranging from low cost (enjoying time with friends at the beach) to the luxury/ rare (such as going to Europe), so there can be something for everyone. I just returned from a family vacation – it was a bit crazy at times (what family vacation isn’t after all!) but it was a great experience – full of family, fun, new experiences, and learning.
When is your next vacation, even if it is “the weekend”?