Did you know not taking a vacation not only harms your health and your productivity, but it can harm the economy? A study released by the U.S. Travel Association showed that “more than 40% of American workers who earned paid time off, didn’t use it.” On average, American workers left more than 3 days of paid time off unused in 2013. Whether you work for a firm that provides time off or are freelance, the benefits of vacations for Oklahoma court reporters cannot be denied.
Aside from the obvious benefits to your personal health (which we will get to), the benefits to your employer when you take a vacation are undeniable. The study showed the benefits to the workplace of employees who take vacation include:
- Higher morale
- Higher productivity
- Greater employee retention
- Significant health benefits
Unfortunately, there are still managers (17%) who frown upon employees who take their earned vacation and consider them “less dedicated” than their co-workers who leave paid vacation on the table.
Why is it important for court reporters to take vacations?
You’ll be healthier. Taking a vacation allows a court reporter the time needed to de-stress and relax. This can lower the risk of a heart attack by 50% for women and 30% for men.
You’ll be happier. When you take a vacation you will have more energy upon return. Simply getting away – whether on a staycation or a whirlwind trip around the world, will recharge your physical and mental batteries. Simply having leisure time will make every aspect of your life happier and you will be more satisfied with your life.
Your work performance skyrockets. Studies have shown employees who take a vacation consistently receive higher scores on their performance reviews at work. This is compared to those co-workers who don’t take a vacation.
You’ll sleep better. Not on the job, of course! When you’re stressed and frantic from the demands of work you will have a hard time shutting down your mind at night; this means you probably aren’t sleeping as well as you should be. When you step away from work and take a vacation, your sleep and your overall health will benefit.
Your vacation may improve your workflow. Just because you’re going on vacation doesn’t mean the work stops, right? Because of this, you may need to have someone fill in for you and that means you will need to document the systems and processes under which you operate. This could help you find ways to improve and become more efficient!
When is the last time you stepped away from the office and indulged in a vacation? Did you feel refreshed upon your return? We’d love to hear what you think are the benefits of vacations for Oklahoma court reporters.