Traditional wisdom suggests that the only way to succeed is to work really hard, non-stop. While hard work does pay off, taking time off is critical. In fact, the science is showing this to be incredibly true.
Workers who take time off are actually found to be happier well before and after the actual vacation time.
Better heart health:
A study linked skipping vacations for 5 years to a 30% increased risk of heart attack in a group of men already experiencing heart problems.
Reduced depression, better marriages:
In another study, participants reported better mood and less strife at home when they took two vacations per year compared to those who only took time off once every two years.
Here’s the clincher.In a study done by the professional services company, Ernest & Young, it was found that for every 10 additional hours of vacation time an employee took, their year-end performance rating improved by 8%.Click To Tweet
A lot of executives and business owners are reluctant to take time off. According to a Google Consumer survey for a travel site called Skift, nearly 42% of Americans didn’t take even a single vacation day in 2014. The performance of those overworked people likely suffered in the following year.
Thanks, Quill.com for this enlightening infographic!