I’m fortunate to have readers all over the globe. And there is one thing I know about my readers who live in Europe that is different from those who live in the United States.
They take vacations.
In the European Union, four weeks of paid vacation time is standard. From restaurants to law offices, many businesses shut down for a month each summer so that everyone gets to enjoy their time off.
That’s very different than here in the U.S., where it can take 20 years before a company will give workers 20 days off each year. There is no national mandate for vacation or paid holidays.
The interesting thing is that even among Americans who get paid vacation time, many don’t use this benefit. A national survey found that 13 percent of Americans say they will only take a quarter of their vacation time or less. Some people say there is no one to pick up the slack. Others say they can’t afford to go anywhere.
But taking time away is essential for your mental and physical health. Psychology Today reported that 64 percent of people say that they are” refreshed and excited to get back to my job after a vacation.” Even a long weekend away from work reduces a person’s stress level.
So if you haven’t scheduled some time away from work this summer, there is still time to do so. It will help you.
I’m going to take my own advice. You will notice an absence of new posts during August. My wife and I are planning some trips, hikes, and lots of time with our grandchildren. But my archive of blog posts and videos will still be available.
I’ve always returned from vacations fully rested and full of new ideas. I’m confident that his year won’t be any different. This fall, my new book on leadership will be released. Plus, I will be launching two new online courses and will continue working with individuals like you as an executive coach.
By the way, once my new book is released, I will likely see an increase in bookings with new clients. I’m already booking sessions for September and beyond for new clients. Because I only take on a limited number of clients each quarter, you will want to click HERE to get on my list. We will follow up with you shortly.
In the meantime, enjoy the rest of your summer, and as The Four Seasons sang in the 1967 hit, “See you in September.”