Entrepreneurs Need Vacations, Too!

To an entrepreneur—especially those in the
startup phase—a vacation may seem a forbidden concept. Most of the time even a lunch break may seem out of the question! But there is good news for entrepreneurs who are working tirelessly to make their dream a reality or grow a startup: it’s OK to take a break once in a while! Not only is it good for your health, it’s actually really good for your business, too!

Business expert and long-time manager/entrepreneur extraordinaire Patty Azzarello, CEO of Azzarello Group, explains why it’s essential for people to take vacations every once in a while (and not feel guilty about it!).

Taking a vacation shows competency: if you’re a good enough manager, you shouldn’t feel like the office will suffer without your presence for a few days; you’re in control of your team and should feel comfortable leaving work with them in your absence

You’re not impressing anyone by overworking: no one wants to hear another person bragging about how they never take a vacation (or even a sick day); your employees and customers won’t think better of you either

Your team is motivated & productive: motivation goes a long way with an employee; by taking a break and encouraging others to have a life outside of work, you’ll empower employees to be motivated during work hours, too; the same goes for productivity—we all have projects that come up in addition to our regular tasks; if you’re off for a day or a week, others will have a chance to catch up and maybe even get ahead with their work rather than stepping away to complete the newest project at hand

Being unavailable helps others to develop: instead of seeking approvals on tasks, your team will make decisions and forge ahead in your absence; just be sure to train the team on your decision-making process so that the ‘flow’ of the work continues seamlessly

You’ll be more productive & prioritize better: stepping out of the office gives you a whole new perspective on your business; step back, brainstorm and think about the big picture; once you have time to think in a different environment, your most important priorities will surface and you can tackle them upon your return

Your team recognizes their importance: it’s good to let others ‘be in charge’ every now and then; if you’re constantly micromanaging and making all of the decisions, the team will think that you don’t have confidence in them – give them a chance to shine and you’ll see a positive difference in the team attitude and in your business transactions

It’s good for the company: team members that enjoy life outside of work are more likely to have a positive attitude in the workplace, and will be able to deal more effectively with any pressures or challenges that may arise

Everyone needs a break: at some point during the work year, each and every one of us needs a break… even if we may not think we do

Whether getting out of the office for an afternoon or for a week-long getaway, it’s important to take a step back once in a while and make time for yourself, your family and your friends. To read the complete article by Azzarello, as posted on FaceCompany.com, visit http://www.fastcompany.com/1841267/think-you-cant-take-a-vacation-the-sound-business-reasons-you-really-should.

What other reasons make it necessary for entrepreneurs or startups to take a vacation? Have you ever felt burned out? Did a vacation/break from the office help you recharge and perhaps gain some new perspective?

Thanks for reading, and until next time… stay WISE!

This entry was posted in business, entrepreneurship, start-up ventures, women in business and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

4 Responses to Entrepreneurs Need Vacations, Too!

  1. This is an excellent post. As an entrepreneur, I’m having a hard time preparing for a 2 week vacation coming up this month in which I’ll be completely disconnected from my business. It scares me! But these reasons remind me that this vacation is a very healthy thing for both me and my business. Thank you!

    • wisesyracuse says:

      It’s great to hear that you’re taking time for yourself, Stephanie! While it can be scary for an entrepreneur to take a vacation, it will help you to relax and re-focus. Enjoy your time off!

  2. piedfam says:

    Excellent advice! Love your positive spin. I took a vacation last week, fully intending to check in on everything and keep up with my email, but b/c of a crazy amount of social obligations, family visits, travelling, lack of internet connectivity – ended up not checking email once or working on anything i had thought i would. And you know what? It ended up all ok!

    • wisesyracuse says:

      Glad you enjoyed the post! Many of us worry about ‘checking in’ and staying connected even when out of the office, but we need to recognize that taking a break from voice mail and e-mail is OK. Thanks for sharing your story (and glad you got to take some time off)!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s