Take every hour of vacation you earn, without putting your career at risk

Only last month I was writing about my most recent getaway. And we’re already planning a June bike trip…plus a mini-weekend excursion in between.

I’m fortunate that the time-off benefits at my corporate job are quite generous – even for part-timers like me. But they also have a strict “use it or lose it” policy.

Recently, a coworker commented in email: “This dog-gone vacation is getting in the way of my productivity.”

That gave me pause.

Do you take all the vacation hours that you earn at work? (And, to clarify, my definition of  “vacation”, means you DO NOT: bring your laptop home, check emails or take calls related to your job while you are away.)

Sound unrealistic? Unproductive? Unattainable? Undesirable?

If you find yourself on the “lose it” side of your vacation policy more often than not, you’ll want to tune into today’s video. It will have you rethinking how you approach your vacation time.

If you already take all your days – kudos to you!!  I invite you to share this with someone you work with who would benefit from this message.

I’d love to hear in the comments below why you do – or do not -take all your vacation, and how you feel about it.

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Jodi B April 14, 2015, 4:06 pm

Good advice, Jill! Of all the resources we have, time is the most important. Some words of wisdom that have stuck with me are “usually someone with a high balance of vacation time, is out of balance.” Work world words to live by.

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Jill Jill April 15, 2015, 11:36 am

Love it, Jodi! I can see myself sharing those “work world words”!

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Ellen J. April 17, 2015, 6:49 pm

Jill, thanks for the great video. I’m just now on a 2.5 week “vacation” from work, and put a lot of time in getting others prepared to help me out while I’m gone , which feels GREAT. Yay for me!

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Jill Jill April 17, 2015, 10:21 pm

Great point, Ellen! The more prep you do beforehand the easier it is for everyone. Enjoy!

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