Can Offering Vacation Remove Employee Burnout?

After a year of working from home, people are tired. Now, employees suffer burnout due to the constant handling of personal and professional endeavors. What has started as a short-term transition is a full-time burden for the remote workforce. To reduce the pressure of work-life balance, some organizations are offering employee vacations. In this article at Forbes, Kristin Stoller explores what companies need to change.

Risky Long-Term Investment

Take the recent instance of employee vacation from a baby product company called Pip & Grow. Its CEO observed deteriorating staff conditions and paused operations for August. She offered her staff paid leave for four weeks, an unconventional long-term investment.

Calling it a staff appreciation move, the CEO called for an ‘anti-hustle’ action to avoid employee burnout. Soon after announcing the move over social media, the entrepreneur received hundreds of messages from people willing to work for her.

According to a recent survey from executive coaching firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas, more than one in five companies offered vacations to their employees in 2021. On the other hand, some organizations have launched a mental health day to help staff unplug from digital devices. PricewaterhouseCoopers also declared in April that it would pay $250 to its employees that took a whole week off from work. The firm has also launched the ‘Fridays Your Way’ initiative to prevent scheduling business calls and meetings on Friday afternoons. The move is to give time to the workforce to focus on other essentials.

Unrealistic Move

Indeed, employees need a long break from the hustles of office work, health concerns, and financial burdens. However, possibilities are high that the workaholic workforce of the U.S does not prefer time off. Experts believe, with the unemployment rate at 6.1 percent, employees fear losing their job. Moreover, in such grim financial conditions, they feel taking a vacation is a massive risk.

Employers genuinely concerned about employee burnout must encourage their staff to take leaves and set productivity expectations. Click on the following link to read the original article:

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