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5 Facts How Vacations Increases Your Productivity

Posted on July 29th, by Henry Goldbeck in Career Development, HR Management. Comments Off on 5 Facts How Vacations Increases Your Productivity

Vacation is usually synonymous with lack of productivity. I disagree, vacations allow you to disconnect yourself from business, you start to unwind, and you are more open to new experiences. When you come back you see problems with clarity you never have had before.  You feel rejuvenated and motivated.  Here are a few more reasons why vacations are productive.

1.Taking a break promotes a healthy heart


“HealthDay reporter Maureen Salamon reported on a study conducted by the U.S. Army and University of California that determined that groups of workers who took a five day break from email experienced lasting more natural heart rates. In other words, even unplugging reduces stress in ways that are tangible for workers when they return to their desks post-vacation.”


2. Time away will give you more energy

Experts from the University of Pittsburgh and Radboud University both said that people had more energy and felt more satisfied with life on vacation.


3. Travelling promotes creativity and curiosity

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People come up with their best ideas away from work.  When you allow your mind to take a break from the stubborn issues that you just can’t seem to solve, the best way is to get a new perspective.

Nick Woodman describes his inspiration behind the invention of GoPro, “go out on the road where I can bump into inspiration, meet people that turn me on… know when you are out there  and you are meeting people, you are stimulated, your  creativity engine kicks on.


4. Sunny days make people happy


A recent study from Expedia presented that 34 percent of professionals come back from vacations and are more productive. They also feel better about their jobs.


5. Even planning a vacation can boost happiness


Study published in the Journal Applied Research in Quality of Life done in the Netherlands reported the effect of vacation anticipation boosted happiness for 8 weeks. The post-trip happiness varied travelers who said the vacation was “neutral” or stressful had low or no post-trip happiness.

Many tend to think the more you work the more productive you are. You could be sitting at a desk trying to hammer out a stubborn issue for hours, in the end you may not have solved the problem. Or you could take a break, try to get a new perspective and come back to it and solve the issue within 10 minutes. That’s productivity.

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Henry E. Goldbeck, President of Goldbeck Recruiting Inc, is a Certified Personnel Consultant (CPC) and founded Goldbeck Recruiting in 1997. Since then, Henry has built the company's reputation as a leading headhunter and recruitment agency in sales, marketing, operations, engineering, and executive level positions across a variety of industries.

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