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WORKPLACE / MAR. 06, 2016
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Why Time Off Is Good for Employee Productivity

If you are a business owner, you probably like to see your employees in the office whenever you are there, and you probably feel reassured knowing that they are there taking care of your business even when you are not there. You are probably reluctant to sign or approve any time off requests wondering what effect they will have on your employee’s work and their performance.

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The fact is, however, that time off is actually good for your employees’ performance. In the grand scheme of things, your employee’s time off is insignificant to the amount of time you spend in the office. So there’s no need to worry what a few days off every couple of months can do to their work, you can, in fact, rest assured that their work will be reaping rewards.

The More-Time-at-Worth-Makes-Us-More-Productive Myth

It’s a popular notion that the longer someone is in the office, the more work they get done. That’s why workers who get off work late every day are usually revered and believed to be hard workers. However, this couldn’t be farther from the truth, people who stay at work late, day in day out, are counterproductive and in fact, their bosses should be worrying why they can’t get their work done during the workday and have to stay longer.

Without a doubt, it’s important for all of us to be committed to our work, but that’s not to say that we shouldn’t have a life outside of work. In fact, after work plans can make people more productive during the day and increase employee performance. Therefore, more hours do not necessarily mean improved performance, quite the opposite in fact.

Time Off Can Increase Creativity

If you are lucky enough to have a job you love, or, at least like, then you know that it’s important to keep your creative juices flowing. Creativity can make us better at our work because we are always expected to come up with something new that can help the brand we work for move forward.

However, if you do nothing but work then your creativity juices are going to start running out, and that’s because you won’t be exposed to anything new that can give you new ideas. On the other hand, travelling and just spending time doing something different can make you much more creative as you’ll be experiencing new things which will – without a doubt – somehow find their way into your work.

It Makes You More Efficient

According to a study published in Harvard Business Review time off does not make you more productive per se, what it does do is make you more efficient. So knowing that you’ll need to be gone for a few days forces you to do more work in less time. The study says that people who take more time off have a stronger desire to get their work done and this forces them to produce a lot of work in little time.

See Also: Mistakes to Avoid when Giving an Employee Appraisal

It’s evident that time off can help workers bring their best selves into their work and this is precisely why you want your employees to make the most of their vacations. Not only will they return to the office refreshed and eager to get back to work, but they’ll also have a bunch of new ideas that can help your business advance.

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