Break Time: Encouraging Your Employees To Take Time Off

      Sadly, some companies guilt their employees into taking little time off. However, this can backfire, leaving the company with disgruntled employees who have little reason to remain loyal.

      The truth is that time away from work without guilt creates a healthy work environment and employees who know their company cares for them. Encouraging your employees to take time off benefits you as a manager, your employees, and the overall atmosphere of the company. Let’s discuss what encouraging your employees to take time off looks like.

      Create a Deadline

      Ask employees to turn in their requested time off by a certain date. This could be the dates for the next two months, six months, or a year—whatever works best. It may feel like a bit of pressure, but it also lets employees know that burnout is not part of the company’s culture, and time off is just as important as showing up every day.

      Remind Remote Workers

      Remote workers easily fall prey to the thought that since they’re home, they don’t deserve time off. Nothing could be further from the truth. Every worker needs time away from the desk or screen, no matter where they work. Managing remote employees has its own set of unique perks and struggles. Encouragement and communication take on different forms remotely than when in the office. Make sure to include your remote employees in everything and encourage them to take time off.

      Celebrate Vacations

      Make a big deal out of time away. Don’t put employees on the spot, but say something positive in the group chat or at a meeting. Let everyone know you think it’s a wise decision when an employee takes time off and that you’d like to see everyone else do so as well.

      Set the Example

      Like it or not, as a manager, you set the tone for your employees and impact the overall culture of the company. Are you taking the necessary time off as well? Managers get burnt out, too, and can’t manage well without a refresher now and then. Take your vacation time and let employees know it’s part of the job.

      Any Reason Is a Good Reason

      Time off should be used however an employee chooses. Remind employees that just because they don’t have two-week, elaborate trips planned for the summer doesn’t mean they won’t be granted vacation time.

      Sometimes we need time off just to rest and do nothing, and that’s okay. Time off is there to be used for whatever employees need to use it, and they need to hear that from you.

      As you encourage your employees to take time off, you’ll find that your employees are committed and productive, loyal to the company, and seldom burnt out.


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