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The last vacation I took was seven years ago. A lot has happened since then: I had a kid, opened a business, got another business off the ground, Covid-19 struck and more. Those seven years were productive, demanding, and for the most part rewarding. I was satisfied, so I didn’t think I had to go on vacation. It didn’t even occur to me that I needed a vacation until my wife and son wanted to take one. I’m a workaholic by nature, so I was reluctant to leave everything behind and “lounge”.

But going on vacation turned out to be one of the best things, not only for me and my family, but also for my business. Similarly, you may be hesitant to leave your company for a vacation. However, with a little preparation, you might be surprised to learn that a vacation can lead your business to greater productivity, improve strategic planning, and create a better overall company culture in unique ways.

Vacations boost productivity, with a twist.

Yes, we’ve all read the research that a change of scenery broadens our perspective and stimulates creativity. But because I already felt very productive in my companies, I thought this study was not for me. Seven years without a vacation didn’t seem to hurt at all! In fact, I did better than ever.

But when my wife, son and I finally went on vacation to Hawaii, I understood what the research meant. It is not productivity in production or profit; rather it is productivity in human mind and creativity. A vacation can help you think out-of-the-box, to reshape or even completely rearrange “the box(es)”. When you experience different perspectives, different cultures and different adventures, you are more likely to move beyond just thinking about how to improve the bottom line of your business, to how to improve your soul, strengthen your connection with others. and be a light. As CEO, you carry these core values ​​with you, which can help make your company more ethical, caring and community-oriented.

Vacations filter out irrelevances.

Going on vacation not only improved my productivity on an intangible level, but it also helped me on a practical level. Especially before going on vacation, I had to make sure all my business procedures and protocols were solid and could work while I was away. I was surprised that this quick assessment of my company’s machinations revealed some gaps in communication, emergency procedures and overall production.

To prepare your company for your vacation, try to hypothesize about potential problems that could go wrong and prepare your teams accordingly. Such preparations can reveal where you need to strengthen business communication channels, which emergency protocols are outdated, and what kinds of inefficiencies are slowing you down. For example, before you leave, it might be a good time to streamline your point of sale and checkout processes. Make sure the process is smooth, bug-free, and easy to navigate. Check out other departments to see if there’s a heavy burden of manual work, too much documentation, or bloated administrative work. Talk to your team to see where you can digitize, eliminate or outsource.

Holidays allow your teams to show their independence.

Although I am not a micromanager, I like to be involved in most of the details of my business. Like most entrepreneurs, my business is one of the most important aspects of my life. It’s easy for me to make it the center of my world.

When you go on vacation, remember that while your business is important, it’s okay to take a step back. Let your team take more responsibility and then watch them shine! To do this, make sure you talk to your employees personally before you leave and let them know that you trust them with running the business.

Don’t just email them a list of things to do. Double-check that they have the tools and permissions to do what they need to do while you’re away. For example, if you delegate social media channels to someone, make sure they have the passwords and access they need to post what they need. Establish or review protocols to manage emergencies so employees know what to do if something goes wrong. Your employees will probably love that you let them take the wheel and use their leadership skills and talents to keep the company running. This trust can add new dimensions to your employer-employee relationship in exciting ways, including improved communication, greater trust, and more efficient delegation and priorities.

Entrepreneurs and entrepreneurs are some of the hardest working people I know. Because our livelihood and life are so intertwined, it can be difficult to leave work behind. However, my recent journey has shown me that taking vacations is not only essential to an entrepreneur’s survival, but is also critical to employee productivity and success. In fact, according to the World Health OrganisationLong working hours kill 745,000 people every year. As a self-confessed workaholic, I’m here to tell you to take that vacation and help you prepare your business for your absence. Rent that camper or boat. Grab the plane ticket. Hop in your car. You don’t have to go far to re-energize both personally and professionally. The world is a great place. Experience it, not only for yourself, but also for your company.

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