I recently checked in on a client and she mentioned that she had to remind her staff to take vacation. As a small business owner, she wears many hats including H.R. As she processed payroll week after week she noticed her staff wasn’t requesting PTO. Her immediate concern was that employees would lose their accrued time off if they didn’t use it. More importantly, time away from work is necessary to get rested and charge your batteries.
Admittedly, “going on vacation” in these times may just mean closing and locking the door to your home office or taking your laptop and files off of the dining room table and putting them away for a few days. However, depending on where you live, you may be able to go out and safely explore local parks and trails or even go camping.
Our client sent out a reminder to her staff to ask for PTO and she has seen requests go back up. She is also taking a few days off herself and is looking forward to hearing everyone’s stories when they get back from “vacation.”
Here are a few articles I found that had some creative ideas for a restful and fun staycation:
50+ Awesome Staycation Ideas for Kids from Childhood 101.