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Take Vacation Time and Enhance Productivity at Work

Happy Romantic Couple Enjoying Beautiful Sunset at the Beach According to a survey by Glassdoor, “the average American employee only takes half of their earned paid time off, while 61% report they work while on vacation.”

We need to strongly consider the damaging effects this practice has on our physical and emotional well-being.  Numerous studies on brain functioning have found that we are much more productive and innovative when we take breaks.  In an article in the New York Times, essayist Tim Krieder wrote, “Idleness is not just a vacation, an indulgence or a vice; it is as indispensable to the brain as vitamin D is to the body, and deprived of it we suffer a mental affliction as disfiguring as rickets.  He goes on to say that “The space and quiet that idleness provides is a necessary condition for standing back from life and seeing it whole, for making unexpected connections and waiting for the wild summer lightning strikes of inspiration—it is, paradoxically, necessary to getting any work done.”

When contemplating your next vacation, consider that this vacation will improve your brain functioning, and therefore, improve productivity when you return to work.  And if you are an employer, encourage your employees to take what may be a long overdue vacation and insist they turn off the electronic leash.

Alisa Blum & Associates helps businesses and organizations develop top employees with programs that enhance motivation, productivity and retention. Alisa can be reached at (503) 481-7586 or alisa@developtopemployees.com to discuss your specific needs.

Retain Top Talent With These Three Questions

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As Boomers retire and Millennials begin to dominate the workforce, it is essential for managers to retain top talent.  One of the best ways to keep top Millennial talent is to have frequent career development discussions.

Managers can initiate the career development discussion by asking their employees these three questions:

  1. In what areas of your work do you feel the most successful?
  2. What parts of your work give you the most satisfaction?
  3. What ideas do you have that would simultaneously create a career opportunity for you and increase the success of our organization?

Keep in mind that career development is a process.  Your employees will likely need time to reflect on these questions, and may need assistance to fully explore their career goals.  The manager’s role in this process is key because employees often are not likely to openly discuss their career aspirations without encouragement from their manager.   You will find that these discussions will go a long way to enhance motivation, increase productivity and reduce turnover.

Alisa Blum & Associates offers consulting, training and coaching to enhance motivation and improve productivity.  For questions about our services and schedule a free consultation, please contact Alisa at (503) 524-3470 or alisa@developtopemployees.com.