One of my favorite lines at the office used to be, “great day–take the rest of it off.” I used to tease people with that and say it at 6 o'clock. I’d also say it to people in the morning occasionally and blow them away.
Try it. Tell people to go home and relax once in a while.
We all know that as entrepreneurs we duck out of the office for our little stress breaks. Let your team take some once in a while, too. They’ll thank you for it verbally and with their effort later as well. Let them really recharge their batteries.
And if you really like your employees as much as you say you do, let them take the same amount of vacations as you’d want. Most employees feel that five weeks of paid vacation (including their sick days) in addition to the statutory government holidays is about right.
Let them take it.
If you’re giving employees five weeks vacation:
- They won’t quit.
- They won’t come into work sick.
- Recruiting new people will get easier.
- You’ll reduce training time for new employees.
- And we all know the most productive time at the office is the day before vacation. So they’ll actually get more work done.
Give people more time off.
To be sure they take this time off, force them to or they lose it. The idea is to recharge your batteries regularly and not stockpile the time and have a meltdown. Give them five weeks time off but make them take all five weeks of time during the calendar year.
I like to even teach employees how to take it most effectively:
- Take two weeks during summertime
- Take one week during Christmas
Take the other two weeks (10 days worth) by adding one extra day to each of the three day long weekends we get from statutory government holidays.
The result of energized, happy employees will be worth it.