Asking your employees to take their vacation might feel counterintuitive right now. We can’t go anywhere anyhow? Why would we need to take a vacation?
BC Employment Standards stipulate you ensure that your employees take their vacation. “Employees earn vacation time during the first year they’re employed. After 12 months, they get two weeks of annual vacation. After five years, they get three weeks of annual vacation.” “Vacation must be taken within 12 months of being earned. Employees cannot skip taking vacation time and just receive vacation pay.” There is no clause in there that says; “Because my employees can’t go abroad/are working from home/ don’t want to go anywhere” they shouldn’t take their vacation.
2020 has been phenomenally stressful for everyone. The human body reacts to stress in a fight/flight/freeze response. Which means that, at least on some level, we have been navigating through this pandemic with a heightened level of stress and survival instincts. Stress can be directly linked in increased Heart Disease, and a number of other life threatening issues. Finding ways in your every day life to manage and handle stress is important. Taking a break helps alleviate stress and reduces burn out. Need we say more.
It is well known that an individual’s productivity increased after a break. Finding balance, rejuvenation, recommitting to who you are and what you want to do, are all things that come from taking a break. If you or your team members have been bogged down in the routine of the pandemic malaise, then taking a break could be just the thing that you need to find a new way of productivity.
Staycations are the new hip thing:
Try staying at home and gardening for a week, or check out a new hidden gem of a resort that just reopened. Maybe your thing is Camping in the Shuswap. We are so lucky here in BC to have so much to choose from. Additionally, taking a staycation adds much needed revenue to the local economy. Tourism has been hit hard during COVID-19. Staying at home, spending your hard earned money locally will help your local economy recover.
Increased Physical Health:
Alina Health noted that according to a Gallup study, people who “always make time for regular trips” had a 68.4 score on the Gallup-Heathway’s Well-Being Index. Comparatively less frequent travelers scored 51.4. One study found that three days after vacation, subjects’ physical complaints, quality of sleep, and mood had improved as compared to before vacation. These gains were still present five weeks later, especially in those who had more personal time and overall satisfaction during their vacation
Looking for some fun idea’s for a staycation? Feel free to follow the team on instagram: @blankslateHR @Alisanelson recently turned her house into Africa and took her kids on a safari! It was a trip they will never forget. And it brought the family together for some much needed fun during a very stressful time.