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Have you ever felt burned out after a vacation? I’m not talking about being exhausted from fighting with your family at Disney World all week. I’m talking about how you knew, the whole time walking around Epcot, that a world of work was waiting for you upon your return.


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Website : Neil Pasricha: You Need to Take More Vacation and Here’s How To Do It Ph.No. Neil Pasricha: You Need to Take More Vacation and Here’s How To Do It Ph.No. 416-345-1559 Neil Pasricha: You Need to Take More Vacation and Here’s How To Do It

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Website : Ph.No. 416-345-1559 Have you ever felt burned out after a vacation I’m not talking about being exhausted from fighting with your family at Disney World all week. I’m talking about how you knew the whole time walking around Epcot that a world of work was waiting for you upon your return. Our vacation systems are completely broken. They don’t work. The classic corporate vacation system goes something like this: You get a set number of vacation days a year often only two to three weeks you fill out some 1996-era form to apply for time off you get your boss’s signature and then you file it with a team assistant or log it in some terrible database. It’s an admin headache. Then most people have to frantically cram extra work into the weeks before they leave for vacation in order to actually extract themselves from the office. By the time we finally turn on our out-of-office messages we’re beyond stressed and we know that we’ll have an even bigger pile of work waiting for us when we return. What a nightmare.

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Website : Ph.No. 416-345-1559 For most of us it’s hard to actually use vacation time to recharge. So it’s no wonder that absenteeism remains a massive problem for most companies with payrolls dotted with sick leaves disability leaves and stress leaves. In the UK the Department for Work and Pensions says that absenteeism costs the country’s economy more than £100 billion per year. A white paper published by the Workforce Institute and produced by Circadian a workforce solutions company calls absenteeism a bottom-line killer that costs employers 3600 per hourly employee and 2650 per salaried employee per year. It doesn’t help that according to the Center for Economic and Policy Research the United States is the only country out of 21 wealthy countries that doesn’t require employers to offer paid vacation time. Now. Let’s solve this problem. First question is this big one. Would it help if we got more paid vacation No not necessarily. According to a study from the U.S. Travel Association and GfK a market research firm just over 40 of Americans plan not to use all their paid time off anyway. It’s not the amount we’re given then it’s the amount we’re taking or feel able to take. So what’s the progressive approach Is it the Netflix or Twitter policies that say take as much vacation as you want whenever you want it Open-ended unlimited vacation sounds great on paper doesn’t it Very progressive right No that approach is broken too. What happens in practice with unlimited vacation time Warrior mentality. Peer pressure. Social signals that say you’re a slacker if you’re not in the office. Mathias Meyer the CEO of German tech company Travis CI wrote a blog post about his company abandoning its unlimited vacation policy:

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Website : Ph.No. 416-345-1559 “When people are uncertain about how many days it’s okay to take off you’ll see curious things happen. People will hesitate to take a vacation as they don’t want to seem like that person who’s taking the most vacation days. It’s a race to the bottom instead of a race towards a well rested and happy team.” The point is that in unlimited vacation time systems you probably won’t actually take a few weeks to travel through South America after your wedding because there’s too much social pressure against going away for so long. Work objectives goals and deadlines are demanding. You look at your peers and see that nobody is backpacking through China this summer so you don’t go either. You don’t want to let your team down so your dream of visiting Machu Picchu sits on the shelf forever. What’s the solution Recurring scheduled mandatory vacation. Yes that’s right — an entirely new approach to managing vacation. And one that preliminary research shows works much more effectively. Designer Stefan Sagmeister said in his TED talk “The Power of Time Off” that every seven years he takes one year off. He said: “In that year we are not available for any of our clients. We are totally closed. And as you can imagine it is a lovely and very energetic time.” He does warn that the sabbaticals take a lot of planning and that you get the most benefit from them after you’ve worked for a significant amount of time. Why does he do this He says: “Right now we spend about the first 25 years of our lives learning then there are another 40 years that are really reserved for working. And then tacked on at the end of it are about 15 years for retirement. And I thought it might be helpful to basically cut off five of those retirement years and intersperse them in between those working years.”

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Website : Ph.No. 416-345-1559 As he says that one year is the source of his creativity inspiration and ideas for the next seven years. I wanted to test this theory so I collaborated with Shashank Nigam the CEO of SimpliFlying a global aviation strategy firm of about 10 people to ask a simple question: “What if we force people to take a scheduled week off every seven weeks” The idea was that this would be a microcosm of the Sagmeister principle of one week off every seven years. And it was entirely mandatory. In fact we designed it so that if you contacted the office while you were on vacation — whether through email WhatsApp Slack or anything else — you didn’t get paid for that vacation week. We tried to build in a financial punishment for working when you aren’t supposed to be working in order to establish a norm about disconnecting from the office. The system is designed so that you don’t get a say in when you go. Some may say that’s a downside but for this experiment we believed that putting a structure in place would be a significant benefit. The team and clients would know well ahead of time when someone would be taking a week off. And the point is you actually go. And everybody goes. So there are no questions paperwork or guilt involved with not being at the office. With this 12-week experiment we had managers rate employee productivity creativity and happiness levels before and after the mandatory time off. We used a five-point Likert scale using simple statements such as “Ravi is demonstrating creativity in his work” with the options ranging from one Strongly Disagree to five Strongly Agree. And what did we find out Creativity went up 33 happiness levels rose 25 and productivity increased 13. It’s a small sample sure but there’s a meaningful story

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Website : Ph.No. 416-345-1559 here. When we dive deeper on creativity the average employee score was 3.0 before time off and 4.0 after time off. For happiness the average employee score was 3.2 before time off and 4.0 afterward. And for productivity the average employee score was 3.2 before and rose to 3.6. This complements the feedback we got from employees who upon their return wrote blog posts about their experiences with the process and what they did with their time. Many talked about how people finally found time to cross things off of their bucket lists — finally holding an art exhibition learning a new language or traveling somewhere they’d never been before. Now this is a small company and we haven’t tested the results in a large organization. But the question is: Could something this simple work in your workplace Are you the leader in charge of a team who could try this Do you run a company where you want to give it a shot Let me share two pieces of constructive feedback that came back: Frequency was too high. Employees found that once every seven weeks while beautiful on paper was just too frequent for a small company like SimpliFlying. Its competitive advantage is agility and having staff take time off too often upset the work rhythm. Nigam proposed adjusting it to every twelve weeks. But with employee input we redesigned it to once every eight weeks. Staggering was important. Let’s say that two or three people work together on a project team. We found that it didn’t make sense for these people to take time off back-to-back. Batons get dropped if there are consecutive absences. We revised the arrangement so that no one can take a week off right after someone has just come back from one. The high-level design is important and needs to work for the business. This is early research but it confirms something we said at the beginning: Vacation systems are broken and aren’t actually doing what they’re advertised to do. If you show up drained after your vacation that means you didn’t get the benefit of creating space.

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Website : Ph.No. 416-345-1559 Why is creating space so important Consider this quote from Tim Kreider who wrote “The ‘Busy’ Trap” for the New York Times: Idleness is not just a vacation an indulgence or a vice it is as indispensable to the brain as vitamin D is to the body and deprived of it we suffer a mental affliction as disfiguring as rickets. The space and quiet that idleness provides is a necessary condition for standing back from life and seeing it whole for making unexpected connections and waiting for the wild summer lightning strikes of inspiration — it is paradoxically necessary to getting any work done. Vacations systems are broken. But early results say that mandatory vacation could fix them. Life is short so the earlier we get cracking the more time we’ll be spending doing better and more important work. An earlier version of this article appeared in Harvard Business Review. A Harvard MBA New York Times bestselling author award-winning blogger and one of the most popular TED speakers in the world Neil Pasricha is “a pied piper of happiness” who dazzles audiences with ideas that skyrocket happiness into the stratosphere. With infectious enthusiasm heartfelt authenticity and a “what works” authority Neil draws on the latest research in happiness to increase individual performance and create a more positive and productive workplace. Interested in learning more about Neil and what he can bring to your next event Email us at Source: take-more-vacation-and-heres-how-to-do-it/