National Plan for Vacation Day, celebrated on the last Tuesday of January (ie. today!), is a day that is designed to encourage Americans to plan their time off. In 2020, American workers left an average of 33% of their paid time off on the table according to the United States Travel Association, which is a trend that remains the same year-over-year sans the pandemic. And 76% percent of full-time employees report experiencing burnout on the job at least “sometimes”. Burnout is real. In time for “National Plan for Vacation Day” on Jan. 25, New York Times best-selling author, CBS Medical Contributor, and University of Southern California physician Dr. David Agus offers advice to urge people to recharge and renew through a vacation. “Taking time off is critical for productivity. Down time has been shown to recharge one’s creative side and enable one to do more,” said Dr. Agus, who serves as Professor of Medicine and Engineering at the University of Southern California and the CEO of the Lawrence J. Ellison Institute for Transformative Medicine. “I would encourage everyone to go with the science and take some time away from work with family and friends.” Dr. Agus shares several benefits that employees may feel from a vacation including:
- Returning to their jobs with increased energy and feeling more rested.
- Having higher mental acuity after a vacation.
- Undergoing improved self-esteem and confidence on the job.
- Feeling more engaged in the workplace.
- Experiencing better interpersonal relationships with co-workers.
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