Why You Should Take a Vacation This Summer

Jun 27, 2012

When was the last time you took a vacation?

As a business owner, you may feel that you can’t take time away, that it would be impossible and irresponsible, but getting away from the shop for a few days may be the best thing for you and your business, according to Jennifer K. Halford, who covered the topic in a recent FindLaw article.

“I find that most small business owners believe that they cannot take a vacation,” Halford wrote. “They think they are too busy or that the business will fall apart in their absence. Or they think that they cannot afford a vacation or to take time off. But you need to take a vacation. You need to get out of town for a few days. Or plan to stay home and visit with family and friends if you cannot afford to travel. Doing so is essential to the success of your business.”

Halford shared these five reasons why every small business owners needs to take a vacation.

1. You need it. “If you are anything like the small business owners I know, you are overworked,” she wrote. “And employers can get cranky when they are overworked. This can lead to disgruntled employees and a decrease in employee morale.”

2. You need to lead by example. “You want your employees to come to work on time and to work hard all day,” Halford wrote. “And most employers want their employees to have a good work-life balance so they are more productive. How can ask this of your employees if you are too tired and overworked to model this behavior?”

3. You need to be able to be gone. “You should have a second in command that you trust to run your business in your absence,” she wrote. “If you don’t, then you need to get one now. You should trust this employee to keep your business productive and to provide you with daily updates while you are away. Otherwise, what happens if there is a family emergency or you become incapacitated in the future?”

4. Your business needs it. “Issues with employees or practices may become apparent in your absence,” Halford wrote. “This will allow you to fix issues you did not know existed. And ultimately this will make your business more valuable and efficient.”

5. You need to regroup. “Save the last day of your vacation for your business,” she wrote. “Too often the daily demands of your business can keep you from reflecting and setting goals. Update or revisit your business plan. This day will also help you transition back into the business world after your well-deserved time away.”

To read the complete FindLaw article, click here.