Now’s still a good time for a vacation
 
Now’s still a good time for a vacation
17 SEPTEMBER 2020 7:30 AM

We might not be able to go anywhere, but companies should still encourage employees to take a day off to de-stress in the current environment.

The COVID-19 pandemic has limited travel big time, leaving many of us at home thinking of safe, socially distanced trips or planning for future trips (or maybe it’s just me).

If you’re like me, you might start thinking about drive-to vacation destinations or short overnight trips then realize you’re still not comfortable staying in a hotel or alternative accommodation and decide it’s a waste of time to take the vacation days.

That was my exact mindset when this pandemic started, and while I’m still not ready to stay overnight somewhere that’s not my own home or a close relative’s, I have started taking vacation days to run errands, clean my house, do nothing, etc.

Why? Because mental health is super important, especially in this pandemic.

HNN Editorial Director Stephanie Ricca always encourages our team to use vacation time and take breaks. I think every company out there, especially hospitality companies with associates who deal with customers daily throughout this pandemic, should encourage employees to take a day off or at least a few hours to just de-stress.

Tell your employees to take a longer lunch one day. Run through some breathing exercises with your team every so often that they can use at home, in the office or in the hotel daily. Everyone is so stressed right now and taking days off, having longer breaks or pausing for two minutes to breathe is so important.

If you or your team members need more of a push to take a day off or plan a vacation, read through the U.S. Travel Association’s data on the importance of days off and start planning for National Plan for Vacation Day on 26 January 2021.

How are you encouraging your employees to take a break? Email me or find me on Twitter.

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