This really hit home. I just sent my team a note that I would be on vacation for a week, but that they could reach me on my mobile if needed. Although I wanted them to know that I could be reached I wonder what messages I am inadvertently sending them.
That I don't trust them? That certainly isn't the case. That they can't disengage during their vacation? That also isn't the case either. I want them to take every vacation day and to fully enjoy their time away with family and friends.
I know that I do feel guilty about piling things on others while I am out, but if we equally share the burden don't we all win? I want to have an engaged, productive team. I also need to model that behavior so I am engaged and productive as well.
Harvard Business Review found that employees who took more than 11 vacation days per year had a 30% higher chance of earning a raise or promotion. High performers take more vacation time. They can get their work done in less time, and they know that taking time to recharge is vital to being an A player.