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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

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

New Report Compares Countries With Mandated Paid Vacation Time; Spain & Portugal are Most Generous

Got vacation days? As the summer kicks into high gear with July 4th right around the corner, let’s just say we hope paid time off is on the calendar even though your employer isn’t required by law to provide it.  

According to a report from the Center for Economic and Policy Research, the U.S. was one of the 21 countries included in the report. Every country except ours had laws which required to pay employees ranging from 10 to 30 vacation days each year.

As for the good news? The French seem to have it going on. As per the report, their employers must provide 30 paid vacation days each year and one paid holiday. Read more