It’s about time you got your rest on, no arguing or questions asked.Â
According to a report by Project Time Off, 52% of employed Americans have unused vacation days. That is unacceptable. Depending on your employer, you might just have a gold mine of vacation days sitting there lonely and waiting to be used.
It’s well past the time you burned through all of your vacation time.Â
Consider these irrefutable arguments for taking your days, and then hop on the next flight to [insert island destination with lots of air conditioning here.]
You get paid to literally chill.
Need I honestly say more? Waking up early in the morning, and having to suffer through a long commute are nothing more than distant memories when you’re on vacation. So go aheadâtake the day off! Wake up late, go shopping, catch a movie, or do absolutely nothing. It’s money in your pocket either way.
It’s great for your mental health.
Everyone needs a break every once in a while. A recent study in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health showed that stress levels decreased when people took quick vacations in a hotel, or even in their own home. So, treat yourself to a travel sesh or a staycation â you absolutely deserve this, you hardworking human being.
It’ll give you time to refocus and think about what’s important.
So, we’ve pretty much established that taking your vacay days are really great for your personal health. But during those times when you’re hitting your maximum chill, you’ll start asking yourself the big questions like: Who am I? Do I like my company? How can I become a better person? Days off mean you have plenty of time to consider solutions to your various existential crises.Â
It’ll prevent your boss or employer from rethinking the vacation policy.
Though many other countries have laws giving its citizens the right to paid time off, the United States leaves your chill days in the hands of employers. If you and your coworkers aren’t taking these days, your employer might rethink how many vacation days workers should receive. Don’t be that guy.Â
If you leave, your boss or coworkers may notice how much you actually contribute.
It’s an old adage that sometimes people don’t appreciate what they have until it goes away. One of the best ways to remind your coworkers of your value is to take your vacation time and hit them with that automated out-of-office reply. Â
You’ll feel more motivated and creative after relaxing for a bit
Nothing like R&R to get you focused and ready to return to the office. Extensive research on the connection between job productivity and vacations was covered in a 2012 article in The Atlantic that referenced studies that suggest that short breaks are good for rebooting the mind.Â
Furthermore, a long vacation can also be just as beneficial if you’re feeling overworked, according to Francine Lederer, a clinical psychologist who was interviewed about this topic by ABC News in 2011. She said, “Most people have better life perspective and are more motivated to achieve their goals after a vacation, even if it is a 24-hour time-out.”
So, if you feel like you’re struggling with your workload, or having some sort of creative block, a vacation might be the solution. Even if it’s as short as three day weekend out of town, sometimes an extra day really makes all the difference.Â
It won’t hurt your chances of getting a promotion
With a better outlook, and a refreshed mind, you’re more than likely to be a little more productive than usual. According to data from Project Time Off, Americans who didn’t take vacations weren’t more likely to get promoted than those who did. Furthermore, all of the benefits that come with taking a break will actually put you ahead of hardcore workaholics because you’ll feel more relieved, creative, and motivated after taking a break. This is especially important because it shows that you’re capable of taking time off without it affecting your work ethic. And who knows, you might get rewarded!
The next time you’re unsure of taking time off, remember these handy formulas: Beach > office desk. Pools > office meetings. Vacations > everything.