Mandating Employee Leave

Over the last few years, more and more companies are actually mandating their employees take vacation time. When you initially think about it, this idea might sound pretty ridiculous. Why would you force your employees to take time off? Productivity drops while they’re gone, the chances of things falling through the cracks increases, and ultimately you’re paying them to not be at work. If they don’t want to take time off, why make them? While these are valid concerns, the truth of the matter is that forcing vacation time on your employees can actually increase productivity and all around make your business run smoother. Employee retention increases, and it will force those “workaholic” types from running themselves into the ground. 

Sometimes certain employees might not know they need some time away from work. They think if they put their head down and work really hard night and day, they’ll get more done. This is especially true for those employees who are relied on to do specific duties that only they know how to do. These jobs are highly stressful, and there is a certain amount of pressure on the employee to be present every day. The same can be said for supervisors; they’re too worried something will go wrong while they’re away that they never want to leave. However, studies have proven that taking periodic vacations from work drastically increases the quantity of work that gets done annually. 

Additionally, vacation time also improves the quality of work done. If you sit doing the same thing for hours on end without a break, you’ll stop paying attention to details and start working mechanically, barely aware of what you’re doing. This is also the case when those hours are actually months or years. Sure you may get holidays and weekends, but your mind needs significant time away from work in order to recover. Stress levels will go down and you will produce more work this is much higher quality. 

Some employees complain that they shouldn’t be “forced to have fun,” and should be allowed to work through their vacation time if they’d like. However, while this concept certainly helps the employee, you’re not doing it solely for their benefit. The truth of the matter is you’re doing something for your company that will help productivity and the quality of work. If your employees have a problem with this policy, address it like you would any other policy. 

Sources:

http://blogs.reuters.com/small-business/2011/08/06/forcing-employees-to-take-time-off/

http://www.forbes.com/sites/elenabajic/2015/08/25/take-a-vacation-to-boost-your-productivity-at-work/#6f9e165e6955