Taking a Real Vacation

Take a break!

Work can be a scary place, especially when you’ve been gone for two weeks.

Things can pile up. Junk mail is relentless. And you know there are bound to be important items to address within the mass of chaos.

However, I think the culture here in America doesn’t always treat vacation like it should be treated. Often, that week of being away from work is still peppered with responding to emails and making sure everything in the office is running smoothly. More often than not, this is simply driven by the worker’s desire to keep up on their daily duties, not necessarily that their boss expect that work ethic.

What if vacation was simply vacation? Not a work-cation or a “I’ll check my email only once,” but a time when you really disconnect and take a break? I think we could all gain a lot from this, namely rejuvenation.

Sure it’s hard. No one wants to leave his or her “baby” (whether it be a Box or a magazine), but think about it as being beneficial to your business. Just as you need to take a breather from a long run or a difficult task, sometimes you even need to step back from your job and relinquish control for the week.

It definitely wasn’t easy for me to be gone for so long. There was a lot of preparation that went into my two-week vacation. I wasn’t totally off the grid, but I found myself only checking my email twice while I was gone. My co-workers asked me questions here and there, but that was it.

And today, I was ready to come back to work. I had a revived appreciation for my job and the people I see everyday. I was ready to jump back into the craziness that is three magazines and counting. Plus, I have a new level of trust and gratefulness for the people I work with. They willing took on more work so I could enjoy a wonderful holiday in the country across the pond.

As such, it might be hard with such a small team to allow your Coaches a break. Heck, it might be even harder for you to take a break. However, it is necessary to take a step back if only to realize how much you do love your job and your Box. Yes, you need to have a team in place that can keep it all running while your gone, but when you do trust in them. I promise you’ll vacation will then be the best you’ve ever had.

Heather Hartmann
Heather is the editor for Box Pro Magazine. Contact her at heather@peakemedia.com.