Survey: Nearly Four in Ten Managers Regret Not Taking Enough Vacation
TORONTO, June 26, 2014 /CNW/ - We've heard of buyer's remorse, but
vacation remorse? According to a new OfficeTeam survey, nearly four in ten (39 per cent) senior managers interviewed said taking too little time off was the
biggest mistake they made with their last vacation. Not being able to
get their mind off work came in second (17 per cent), followed by checking in with the office too much (16 per cent).
The survey was developed by OfficeTeam, a leading staffing service
specializing in the placement of highly skilled administrative
professionals. It was conducted by an independent research firm and is
based on telephone interviews with more than 300 senior managers in
Senior managers were asked, "Which of the following was the biggest mistake you made when you took
your last vacation from work?" Their responses:
Didn't take enough time off
Couldn't relax or get your mind off work
Checked in with the office too much
Didn't check in with the office enough
Didn't prepare or organize your work well prior to leaving
Don't know/no answer
"Managers may be hesitant to take extended time off because they fear
their absence will be a hardship on other staff," said Robert Hosking,
executive director of OfficeTeam. "But a longer break can be a good
opportunity to delegate projects to an employee who shows promise to
see how that person manages while you're away."
OfficeTeam offers five tips for making the most of vacation time:
Time it right. Try to avoid scheduling vacations during busy periods. Make time-off
requests early so others can plan ahead. Not sure how long of a break
to take? Consider the length of your last vacation and whether or not
you needed more time away to truly unwind.
Have a back-up plan. Determine who can handle your tasks and make decisions while you're out.
Provide your stand-in with the necessary instructions and resources to
get things done. Temporary professionals also can help keep projects on track during vacation season.
Spread the word. Let key contacts know when you'll be away and who has been assigned as
your point person. Include the alternate contact's information on your
voice mail and email notices.
Manage your calendar. Aim to keep your agenda open on the last few days before your vacation
so you can focus on tying up loose ends. Also avoid scheduling too many
meetings the day you return. This will give you time to check email, return
calls and get updates from coworkers.
Set ground rules. Disconnect from work as much as possible when on vacation. Don't contact the office or look
at your email unless it's necessary. If you must check in, set specific
times you'll be available instead of being on call the entire time. The
more you stay in touch with work, the less you'll be able to enjoy your
OfficeTeam, a Robert Half company, is the nation's leading staffing service specializing in the
temporary placement of highly skilled office and administrative support
professionals. The company has more than 300 locations worldwide. More
information, including online job search services and the OfficeTeam Take Note blog (blog.officeteam.com), can be found at officeteam.com. Follow OfficeTeam at twitter.com/officeteam, and gain insights into the latest administrative hiring and salary
trends at www.officeteam.com/salarycentre
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