Ahh vacation … the feeling of warm sand in your toes, a tasty cocktail in hand, and the sweet sound of work email pinging on your phone. Wait, what?! That sounds more like working remote from an expensive and exotic locale versus taking a vacation. And yet, 60% of employees report that they do some work while they are on vacation. At our company, we call this kind of time off “beige space.”
Beige space is when one of us takes time off but blurs it by checking emails and popping in and out of Slack when we are supposed to be out of office. Alternatively, what we encourage our pLink Leadership team to go for is “white space,” meaning time and space that’s free of any work commitments or responsibilities. We encourage white space so our team can truly disconnect from work, re-connect with their loved ones, and experience rest and relaxation with no strings attached. We hope to encourage you to do the same.
Vacation is a great way to reboot all three of your operating systems: the cognitive, the physical, and the emotional systems. Here are six reasons why you should prioritize taking vacations and disconnecting from work this year.
If you haven’t had a vacation in a while, and the idea of a 10-day tropical voyage feels like too much, start with a 3-day weekend or a staycation. Notice what feels easiest and go for it! Your organization and you will benefit from a little time off!
What are the pLink team members doing for summer vacations this year?
Helen: The beach
Gretchen: Maine for two weeks
Jennifer: UK Adventure in England, Ireland, and Scotland!
Alexis: Backpacking in the Trinity Alps
Cindy: Wolf Preserve in Ely, MN. With an Aussie
Stacie: Vegas with Dad for an Eagles Concert
Renee: Cape Cod for 4th of July!
Stephanie: Staycation in Snoqualmie Valley, WA
Kristyn: Wisconsin Dells and Baraboo with the family
About the Author: Alexis Robin lives with her husband and twins in Truckee, CA, in the Tahoe Basin of Northern California that is home to 14 ski resorts, mountain biking, a giant blue alpine lake, and trees and hiking trails as far as the eye can see. Her vacation strategy is to live in a destination town so she’s always on vacation. The cost of living on vacation, you ask? Lots of snow shoveling and not being able to fly most places direct! But when she reaches the tree line, as she drives home from the airport, every cell in her body lets out a little “Ahhhh.”