Why you need to switch off on your holiday
Originally posted on Jonny's LinkedIn profile.
I’m going on holiday, and whether you’re my best mate, favourite client, or superstar employee, I won’t be answering your email.
I’m switching off.
I do it almost every time I go away, and it frustrates me when I see or meet people that are unable to do it.
You see, if you’re unable to switch off from work during a holiday - a time that is specifically set aside to free you from work - you’ve got a problem.
It’s not because you’re indispensable. It’s not because the company will burn to the ground without your divine presence. It’s not because you’re the only person capable of doing your job. Unfortunately, none of us are that special.
It’s because of your own anxieties - or because your employer doesn’t have firm policies or expectations around time off. Or because your workload’s too big. And it’s not good for you.
If you mix work with play, you’ll actually negatively affect the quality of your downtime, which leads to stress, exhaustion, and even mental health problems.
So when you're away, don’t answer emails. Turn your phone off.
Relax. Recoup. And enjoy being disconnected for a while.
(Unless you’re the only person working at a power plant with the code to prevent a nuclear meltdown. Then you should probably keep your phone on.)
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- We live in an age of non-stop connectivity - but is it really good for us to never switch off?