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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!

Start-Up Pays Employees to Take ‘Paid, Paid Vacation’

Yes, you read that right. FullContact, a technology start-up, announced a new vacation policy with a twist.

They’re paying employees $7,500 each to go offline. Literally, they want their talent to enjoy time off.

According to Inc., the policy is for a “paid, paid vacation” with one catch: The employee must disconnect from work completely.

The policy gives employees the money to pay for their trip away, as long as they completely disconnect from work. In the company’s blog, Bart Lorang, CEO, explained:

“If people know they will be disconnecting and going off the grid for an extended period of time, they might actually keep that in mind as they help build the company….At the end of the day, the company will improve.”

‘Work to Live’ Author Explains Benefits of Taking Vacations

It’s that time of year — you know it too well. Vacation days are accumulating in the time bank and it’s summer so you might as well take them yet it’s hard to tear yourself away from the office.

According to Joe Robinson, founder of the Work to Live campaign and author of Work to Live, taking vacation is incredibly important.

He told The New York Post, “Vacations are as important as watching our cholesterol and getting exercise.”

Need proof? He pointed out in the piece that taking vacations decrease heart attack risk in men by 30 percent; women who take more than one vacation each year decrease that same risk by 50 percent. 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