I’d rather be on vacation. Vacations are important.
There are lots of articles and scientific studies that show that vacations make you healthier, happier and more productive. Vacation even helps you live longer. But soooooo many people seem to think that taking vacation is “slacking” or something to be ashamed of. Others do go away, but never actually unplug and get away from the stresses of work.
Not taking vacation doesn’t mean you’re a harder worker, a better employee or a more dedicated team member. It means you’re not recharging your batteries enough to get to your maximum productivity. It means you’ll be crankier, more likely to get sick and less likely to have a happy home life. All of which translates into a worse employee, not better.
Take your vacation. You deserve it, you’ve earned it and you need it. As someone very wise said, “Nobody ever says on their death bed that they wish they’d spent more time at the office.”