More than half of working Americans leave paid vacation days on the table at the end of each year. Paid time off is a benefit, considered part of your overall compensation – and not using it is the same as walking away from money. I’m on a mission to preach the benefits of taking your vacation time – and the obligation we all have to use up that benefit so we’re more engaged, energized and creative at work.
I’ve found that using my out of office messages is a great way to remind people that my vacation is just that… my vacation. Joining the ranks of creative out of office messages means my coworkers look forward to my being away – and I remind them what I’m doing so they know just what they are interrupting for a “work emergency”.
Warning: Using your out of office messages in this way may result in more emails upon your return, since more people email you just to see what you’re sharing!
For our annual family summer vacation
Canoe believe it? I’ve gone to the lake for the week!
If you’re going through an oar-deal that can’t wait until I return on July 23rd, please contact email@example.com
It’s a true emergency, text my cell at xxx-xxx-xxxx.
In the meantime, anchor yourself with one of these pebbles of wisdom:
- Be clear
- Not be shallow
- Stay calm
- Be full of life
For a day out of the office volunteering
“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, What are you doing for others?” ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.
Today is Company Cares Day – one of my favorite things about working for my company. I’m joining 7,000+ colleagues across the country to giving back to our local communities. Follow along on social media using #thishashtag and #thathashtag.
I will respond as soon as I am back at my desk. Thank you!
A few days off to reconnect with a great friend
Nothing to stop this from being the best day ever. ~U2
Twenty years ago, I spent a year abroad in Dublin, Ireland. I am taking time off through Monday, June 25th, to spend time with my flatmate and to see U2 in concert.
Send me some fun email to read once I’m back in the office: tell me about the best concert you’ve attended?
It’s a beautiful day, don’t let it get away. ~U2