CIOs Can't Ignore the Workplace Value of Vacations

By Dennis McCafferty  |  Posted 12-16-2013 Email

Be honest: Do you ever track the amount of vacation time that your employees take? Or is that something best left to HR while you tend to the core, tech-focused functions of your role? While opting for the latter approach is entirely understandable, you must maintain some visibility into whether your IT team members are not taking vacation time. Because if this type of culture emerges as the norm for your department, the fallout could create a decline in productivity, morale and even wellness, according to a recent survey from the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). The resulting report, titled "Vacation Benefits and Their Impact on the Workplace," reveals just how frequently professionals fail to take needed time away, while offering best practices for CIOs and other managers to discourage these anti-vacation decisions. The key takeaway: You must convince all of your staffers that taking vacations ultimately contributes to organizational goals, as opposed to distracting from them. "It is important for managers and company leaders to see the value in employees taking a vacation," says Lisa Orndorff, SHRM's manager of employee relations and engagement. "They should also encourage their people to use their leave, 'unplug' if possible and take a break from the work—even if it's just a day or two every few months." More than 480 HR professionals took part in the research. For more about the findings, click here.

Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.


Submit a Comment

Loading Comments...
Manage your Newsletters: Login Register