To an entrepreneur—especially those in the
startup phase—a vacation may seem a forbidden concept. Most of the time even a lunch break may seem out of the question! But there is good news for entrepreneurs who are working tirelessly to make their dream a reality or grow a startup: it’s OK to take a break once in a while! Not only is it good for your health, it’s actually really good for your business, too!
Business expert and long-time manager/entrepreneur extraordinaire Patty Azzarello, CEO of Azzarello Group, explains why it’s essential for people to take vacations every once in a while (and not feel guilty about it!).
– Taking a vacation shows competency: if you’re a good enough manager, you shouldn’t feel like the office will suffer without your presence for a few days; you’re in control of your team and should feel comfortable leaving work with them in your absence
– You’re not impressing anyone by overworking: no one wants to hear another person bragging about how they never take a vacation (or even a sick day); your employees and customers won’t think better of you either
– Your team is motivated & productive: motivation goes a long way with an employee; by taking a break and encouraging others to have a life outside of work, you’ll empower employees to be motivated during work hours, too; the same goes for productivity—we all have projects that come up in addition to our regular tasks; if you’re off for a day or a week, others will have a chance to catch up and maybe even get ahead with their work rather than stepping away to complete the newest project at hand
– Being unavailable helps others to develop: instead of seeking approvals on tasks, your team will make decisions and forge ahead in your absence; just be sure to train the team on your decision-making process so that the ‘flow’ of the work continues seamlessly
– You’ll be more productive & prioritize better: stepping out of the office gives you a whole new perspective on your business; step back, brainstorm and think about the big picture; once you have time to think in a different environment, your most important priorities will surface and you can tackle them upon your return
– Your team recognizes their importance: it’s good to let others ‘be in charge’ every now and then; if you’re constantly micromanaging and making all of the decisions, the team will think that you don’t have confidence in them – give them a chance to shine and you’ll see a positive difference in the team attitude and in your business transactions
– It’s good for the company: team members that enjoy life outside of work are more likely to have a positive attitude in the workplace, and will be able to deal more effectively with any pressures or challenges that may arise
– Everyone needs a break: at some point during the work year, each and every one of us needs a break… even if we may not think we do
Whether getting out of the office for an afternoon or for a week-long getaway, it’s important to take a step back once in a while and make time for yourself, your family and your friends. To read the complete article by Azzarello, as posted on FaceCompany.com, visit http://www.fastcompany.com/1841267/think-you-cant-take-a-vacation-the-sound-business-reasons-you-really-should.
What other reasons make it necessary for entrepreneurs or startups to take a vacation? Have you ever felt burned out? Did a vacation/break from the office help you recharge and perhaps gain some new perspective?
Thanks for reading, and until next time… stay WISE!