2 days ago
OUT OF OFFICE 🕶 | If you’re a business owner, you have likely been called a workaholic or had your friends/family question the amount of time you spend “working”. If you’ve always worked in 9-5 culture it’s easy to develop an idea that work happens in those hours. That was where the whole premise came from for working 8 hours a day, right? Work for 8 hours, Play for 8 hours, Sleep for 8 hours. Repeat until you get your 2 weeks vacation.
For me, this has never been how I was productive. I can “shut off”, I am fine to put my phone in the other room at social gatherings. But I don’t get paid to answer emails. I’ve never quantified the work I do by the hours I spend on it. Instead, I look at the outcome I’ve produced, the results and what I’ve learned. Ultimately, my job is to find solutions. The truth is, I’ve done some of my best work while trying to take time off for vacationing. The change of pace, environment and the freedom to think has always sparked creativity for me. I think the same goes for many people who tell me their best work happens outside the office. I often say that customers move at the pace of innovation but companies move at the pace of stakeholders. I think the same holds true for workers. Many companies understand this information and there’s data to support that non-conventional work schedules can be highly productive. But without protocol put in place, most companies resort back to the same old same old.
Do you think work and vacation should be separate? Is there a place for hybrid work vacations? What has worked for you? Let me know. 🙃