A Relaxed Worker Is An Efficient Worker

How efficient workers can truly get things done.

Hurrah, time off work. Thank goodness, you can relax after working your butt off for the last few months.

Oooh….what to do? Perhaps go on vacation, see the family or maybe even catch up with all the DIY that you have been promising to do, but just haven’t found the time. Or maybe you just want to put your feet up and do absolutely zip all!,

Did you know that the stress of working long hours without a break can lead to all sorts of problems, including illness, alcoholism, family breakdowns, not to mention being too tired at work to give 100%. The last thing you want to do is annoy your boss because you keep making stupid mistakes.

Did you know that according to a study carried out by Expedia called “2013 Vacation Deprivation Study”, most Americans only take approximately 10 days vacation out of an average entitlement of 14 days.

How efficient workers can truly get things done

It really doesn’t matter what you do with your time off, the most important thing is that you take it. Even if you think you are coping okay, working long hours without a break will wear even the toughest person down in the end.

I bet you know someone who has lost their job in the past couple of years. Things are tough out there in the workplace and loads of companies have been forced into letting some of their staff go. Not only is this devastating for the worker being dumped, what happens to the work left behind? That’s right, it falls on the shoulders of the workers lucky enough to still have a job. This can put even more stress and strain on the employee, who may well feel pressure to put in whatever hours are necessary to get the work done, as they are scared that they might be next on the scrap heap. This added pressure makes vacation time even more important.

Even if you are lucky enough to work for a great employer that doesn’t put any pressure on you to stay in the office until the work is done, not taking your vacation time certainly won’t do you any favors. If you are feeling tired and frazzled, you will be de-motivated and certainly won’t be giving your all. This makes you much more likely to make a mistake. God forbid that you work, for example, as an electrician or scaffolder where a stupid mistake could be fatal. A break from work gives you time-out just for you, allowing you to recharge your batteries and soothe your soul. You can then return refreshed, full of energy and raring to go. It’s well known that workers who don’t take time off are much more likely to become ill. “Psychology Today” tells us that the famous Framingham Heart Study has proved that men between the ages of 35-57 who took vacation time on a regular basis, lived longer than those who didn’t.

On the flip side of the coin, however, it’s not that easy for your boss to schedule everybody’s vacations and free days. It can be a real balancing act, not to mention time-consuming. Your company has to make sure that they have enough workers to keep the business running efficiently all the time, as well as keeping the clients happy. Sure, you can go to your boss and ask for your time off, but it’s not always that easy for a company to schedule everyone’s time off, especially during peak vacation times when you and all your workmates are knocking on the bosses door asking for the same dates.

However, there is a simple solution to this problem. An efficient, online scheduling system will make the management of vacation time simple and less hassle for both you and your boss. What you might call a “win-win” situation.

Written By

Suzanne Hanney

She holds a broad background in the writing division where she has held nearly every position from copy editor to feature writer to city editor to associate editor to editor-in-chief.