As the holidays approach, millions of people are taking a much-needed break from the job,
As the holidays approach, millions of people are taking a much-needed break from the job, expecting to return to work relaxed, refreshed and reenergized. Companies should take notice because emphasizing downtime can pay dividends well beyond the holiday season or traditional time off.
While it seems like an obvious strategy for boosting productivity, too few organizations have thought deliberately about how to build recovery time into the day-to-day workflow.
Beyond higher productivity, a growing body of research shows that taking a break from work can increase job satisfaction, creativity, mental health and well-being among employees. This applies not only to vacation time, but also to mental health days, sick days, and short but regular breaks during the day.