On the Value and Virtue of Vacation


It’s important to take time off from work and engage in a bit of sloth from time to time. I’ve done that for the last several days. I last worked on the 18th, and go back tomorrow. It’s been nice to have time to relax, recharge, and enjoy myself.

Everyone seems to know that taking vacation time is good, and that it’s a good thing to not have to work. However not everyone takes the time off they’re entitled to take, and many don’t take any at all.

Why? What the hell is wrong with you people? You’ve got an employer who is willing to give you money that you don’t have to be at work to earn. Why wouldn’t you take this time off?

There are excuses, of course. But they all seem like bullshit to me. The value of taking time off from work (including more productivity, less burn-out, an other benefits), is amazingly good, yet 41% of people leave three or more days of vacation time behind and don’t use them. It baffles me.

The problem is so bad that one company implemented an unlimited vacation policy, and then had to remove it, because, among other things, people weren’t taking time off.

If you are fortunate enough to have an employer that gives you paid time off, take it. Trust me. It’s well worth it, and I’ve worked for many a place that didn’t provide it. Having time down, where you can just relax and not have to worry about work, is a good thing. And while we’re at it, don’t log  into your work email or anything like that during your time off. Your boss shouldn’t ask you to, and you shouldn’t volunteer. You earned that time off. Go enjoy it.

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One Response to “On the Value and Virtue of Vacation”

  1. Kyko Micsu Says:

    Workaholics. They exist. It’s not limited to the people from Triggertrap.

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