When you start a new permanent position, you usually will be offered vacation time as part of your benefits package. Maybe you don’t have any destination vacations planned, but it is still a good idea to use some of your vacation days. Here are some reasons why:

  1. Avoid Burnout. You don’t want to hate your job. Burnt-out employees typically experience a dip in their performance at work. It would help if you took the much-needed break BEFORE burnout to give you time to relax and come back energized.
  2. It’s Your Time. You work hard at your job, and for that, you get paid, but payment also includes vacation time. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to utilize something that you have earned. You deserve it, and no one should make you feel bad for wanting to take something you earned.
  3. Time Away Can Reset Your Brain. Have you been looking for an answer to a problem that you just can’t seem to solve? Taking some time away from the problem can help you gain a new perspective on approaching the situation. A break might just be the answer you need.
  4. Increased Happiness. Stressed and overworked people can become tired and slow down production. Coming back to work relaxed and happy can improve your productivity. Happiness can increase brain function and improve the quality of your work.

Please don’t feel bad for using your vacation days; they were given to you for a reason. Take the opportunity to use those days to get your mind and body reset to take on whatever lies ahead!


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