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Survey Shows Biggest Summer Regret: Not Taking Enough Vacation Time

beachSay it isn’t so but the lazy days of summer are certainly dwindling. In turn, per an OfficeTeam survey, one in three managers said taking too little time off was their biggest mistake.

As for second place? Not being able to get their mind off work. Next up? Checking in too frequently with the office. Let’s put it to you this way: A tiny percentage of folks indicated they didn’t check in with the office enough.

Here are several ways to make the most out of your vacation time so you don’t have to live with any regrets by Labor Day longing for days at the beach and out of the office.

1. Use them! Seriously. They’re just going to expire anyway, right? Or even if you can indeed roll them over until the next fiscal year, feel free to use them. That’s what they’re there for.

2. Time it right. If you go away or even if you have a staycation, reflect upon your last vacation to see if you needed more time to truly unwind.

3. Have a back-up plan. Wrap up loose ends before you leave and designate a point of contact person for your absence. The place will not fall apart because you’re away for a week or two. Trust your back-up and then exhale.

4. Tell people you’ll be away. Be proactive and let key contacts know you’ll be away and unavailable. Key word? Unavailable. Since they know you’ll be away and your out of office will be on, keep it on and intact.

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New to Your Job? Wait a While Before You Take an Immediate Vacation

beachHere’s the kicker about starting a new job during the summer or whenever there’s an upcoming vacation.

For starters, it looks bad if you take time off immediately after you start unless you alert the interviewers to the fact that you have a trip already planned like the wedding of your best friend from college.

And yes, you will likely be taking vacation at some point but you don’t need to wait a really long time after you’ve started working. Read more

Meet the Mandated Vacation: TED.com’s Staff Takes Two Weeks!

flip flopsYou know how logging off is actually good for you? As in truly being out of the office, not checking messages whatsoever.

Well, the entire staff at TED.com is currently on hiatus through August. Let’s repeat that: The staff is on vacation until August!

We first read about this in Inc.com and simply had to explore it. For starters, their editor blogged about it and mentioned it’s seriously a productivity booster. And this is nothing new for their staff — the concept’s been around for the past five years. Read more

How Will Your Vacation Days Get Used This Summer?

Will you spend your vacation days helping a former roommate move? Or renewing your license? Or getting the oil changed?

You may be using them wisely but according to folks on this commercial, they’re totally judging. And that’s okay. You’re squandering them if you’re sitting at the DMV instead of sitting on a beach. And hey, if you don’t use them, you lose ‘em. The days will expire soon enough.

Sure, it’s a tourism video but it creates a pause to think about how you’ll truly spend your valuable personal time off. And it also made us chuckle. Enjoy!

Survey Reveals Americans Leave Vacation Time on the Table

vacayIn the category of disturbing news, a new study conducted by Harris Interactive on behalf of travel Web site Expedia says the typical American only used about two-thirds of their vacation time!

What is up with that? Seriously. Apparently on average we earned 14 days of vacation and only used about 10 days away from the office.  Maybe we’re truly workaholics? Fearful of losing our jobs? Fearful of being truly disconnected to recharge our batteries? Read more

Sick Days, Personal Time, Holidays & Vacation? Why Not ‘Free Time Off’ Instead?

palm treesLet’s wrap up the week on a fun note, shall we?

When we read this piece on Forbes, we soared into the air with delight. (Okay, more like a little leap of joy but we digress.) Could this perhaps be a trend for other companies to follow?

According to Craig Malloy, CEO of Bloomfire, a social knowledge base application that enables teams to find, share and create contentstaid corporate vacation and sick leave policies are ancient.

Remarking they “have always seemed silly to me,” the executive at the Austin-based company poses the million dollar question: “Why do our colleagues in Europe get far more vacation than Americans?”

Plus, considering more and more companies are forcing employees to use vacation days when they’re sick by lumping them into a PTO category (as in paid time off), people to come into work when they’re feeling sick and simultaneously spread their germs. Read more

Get This: Some Companies Offer Unlimited Personal Time Off! Here’s the Catch: Survey Says Perk is Among Minority of Employers

Want more vacation time? As PTO (paid time off or personal time off) requests kick into high gear at your employer, chances are several employees may be counting their days to ensure every moment is spent. Even if they need a mental health day for a staycation, time is typically tracked and accounted for, and prudently used.

Well, this piece in today’s New York Post got us thinking. How sweet would it be to have unlimited PTO? For instance, ZocDoc, the NYC-based online medical appointment Web site, offers unlimited PTO. This includes vacation, personal and sick days without an old-fashioned accrual system.

Don’t get too excited. The piece pointed out last year’s survey by the Society of Human Resources indicated only one percent of businesses across the country actually offer this perk to its employees. Read more

How to Make the Most of a Vacation Without Thinking About the Office

Let’s face it: We love modern technology. Smart phones, iPads, laptops — the works.

However, when you want to go on a well-deserved vacation, these little devices could become our nemesis. The looming question remains: How can you physically detach when your in box is merely one press of the button away?

According to Eileen Zimmerman, “Career Couch” columnist for The New York Times, it can be done.

In one column, Dawn Fay, a district president in the NYC office of Robert Half International recommends planning ahead. “Make a plan that covers what you intend to finish before you leave, as well as the tasks that will be handled each day you are gone and by whom, so everyone knows their responsibilities.” Read more