Not Taking Time Off Is Like Getting a Pay Cut (If You Get Paid Vacation)

Patrick Allan 10/01/2017. 14 comments
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It feels good to be productive and become a super worker, but time off is important for keeping up your happiness and avoiding burnout. If you’re a salaried employee that gets paid vacation, however, it’s even more important because not taking it is the same as doing work for free.

It sounds like a no-brainer, right? You get paid to work a certain number of days in the year, and when you work more than that you’re losing out. Shawn Achor at Harvard Business Review explains the logic for why you should take that time no matter what:

...it’s just simple economics. If you’re a salaried employee, and if paid vacation is part of your compensation package, you’re essentially taking a voluntary pay cut when you work instead of taking that vacation time. Why would anyone do that? Four out of 10 employees say that they can’t take their vacation because they have too much work to do. But, think about it this way: Whether or not you take a vacation, you’re still going to have a lot of work to do. Life is finite, and work is infinite.

So use those days up and stop working on what should be your days off . Some companies will let you cash in your unused vacation time, so it might be worth it in those circumstances, but otherwise, stop overworking yourself for nothing. Just be sure you plan ahead, of course, and make sure you’re not leaving at a time when you know you’re essential as well.

Are the People Who Take Vacations the Ones Who Get Promoted? | Harvard Business Review

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