Paid vacation days are like gold! Each has a dollar value attached to it that equals your base salary for a day of work. Employers offer them for a reason – to attract new employees and keep existing ones from leaving to another job with better benefits. But vacation days have more advantages than this – they may make you more creative and healthier. And by not taking paid vacation time, you could miss out.
Be More Creative at Work
I get it, it’s easy to become wrapped up in work and think that you just can’t get away. But the reality is that by not taking vacation, you run a higher risk of burnout – which is bad for both you and your employer. Plus, taking time off to distract your mind for a while may make you a more creative and productive employee. If you’re not sure how to do this, take a look at some budget-friendly ideas from Inc. on how you can boost your creativity on your next day off.
It’s possible to reap health benefits with only a 24-hour break! According to WebMD, you can reduce stress, increase positivity and motivation PLUS lower the risk of heart disease with just one day off.
And if you’re planning a vacation, the excitement and anticipation can increase your overall happiness as far as 2 months before the big event!
If an out of town vacation is not for you, try a staycation. Planning a staycation can be just as thrilling as an out of town trip with the added benefit that it could save you a lot of money on travel costs.
Plan to Take Your Paid Vacation Days
Each year estimate how many vacation days you expect and plan ahead how to use them before you lose them. Whether you take the time off to enjoy a vacation, have a day to yourself, run errands or whatever else, a day when you’re paid not to work is golden.