A ski vacation is proof that getaways can actually make you feel happier and more productive at work.
But according to the Center for Economic and Policy Research, the United States is a “No-vacation nation”. This is due to the belief of most Americans that 'hard work is associated with success', according to Adam Okulicz-Kozaryn on the Journal of Happiness Studies.
Let's debunk that belief. Working alone doesn't make Americans happy or successful. There's more to life than work.
Here are some of the good reasons why a great vacation leads to better performance at work:
A great vacation refreshes the mind
It's a fact that sometimes you’ll feel burned out at work, which makes it really hard to find an inspiration for great ideas (especially when you are under pressure). Having a break from work will help you refresh your tired mind. The scenery and the excitement on your ski trips can spark creative thinking. When you are relaxed, creativity flows.
Happiness is priceless
As reported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an estimated one in every ten US adults experience depression. To combat this, a study in the University of Pittsburgh states that “The more frequent the vacations, the longer the men lived.” Leisure time helps boost optimism, which lowers depression.
So don't allow your work to keep you from experiencing happiness with your family.
Network and make new friends
You'll never know when and where opportunity comes. While you're on the trip, you could meet new friends, contacts, and possible clients. Some of the best opportunities happen in a moment when you're less pressured and in a good mood.
A trip measures your ability in 'planning ahead'
A vacation is also an opportunity for you to gauge your skills in planning things ahead. With good planning skills, all your projects and tasks will run smoothly, and that's something that your company should be proud of.
Health and wellness
You'll experience life and work more fully when you are healthy. Employees who spend time time off work enjoy a remarkable improvement in their health, thanks to reduced stress levels, which results to fewer sick days.
Reflects the culture of your company
Companies that value the importance of a break from work also speaks about their culture.
By encouraging employees to have a vacation, you are telling them that you care about them as individuals. This could enhance employee retention rates. In turn, this could serve as a competitive advantage of the company to hiring desirable employees.
So, forget all your workload and plan your ski vacation. You'll certainly get back to work fresh and with a more positive outlook.