It is with excitement and more than a little trepidation that I share the launch of my new project, the Illuminate HR Podcast. What started as an idea to capture, and share, the great Employee Experience and Human Resources conversations we are all a part of everyday has resulted in learning a new skill and title of “Podcast Host”.
Over the years, I have had the opportunity to have, and listen into, some amazing conversations with incredibly smart people in and around HR. From veterans, to fresh faces, founders, consultants and thought leaders, I have found there is much to be learned by listening to passionate people.
The concept is simple; short (usually no more than 20 minute) conversations with interesting people in the Human Resources space. I hope you will join me on this adventure.
Listen now or tune in and subscribe using your favorite playeriTunes | Google Podcasts | Stitcher | Spotify | RSS
Last but not least, a huge thank you to Lumity, Inc. for sponsoring this first season and making this initiative a reality.
If you work at an office, chances are the holiday season brings with it many familiar traditions. From sweet delectables on coworkers’ desks to extended lunch hours and leisurely online Christmas shopping, American employees dutifully trek to their desks despite thin year-end schedules and seasonal office closures. Worse yet, they do so with unused vacation days in the bank.
As a company that helps other organizations with their employee benefits needs, we’ve given a lot of thought to developing more meaningful workplace experiences for ourselves and our clients. Nowhere can we think to better utilize an existing benefit than encouraging personnel to take earned and needed time off. And this is the perfect time to do so for many personnel.
Americans rank vacation time second only to health care plans for their most valued employer-sponsored benefit. And a whopping 97% of employers already offer it. It’s little wonder, because research shows us that this time provides an invaluable opportunity for rest, recuperation, and reconnection with people and things outside our office walls.
Yet the phenomenon of workplace vacation guilt runs so rampant that not taking accrued time-off has its own name: ‘employee martyrdom’. Campaigns like Project: Time Off seek to cure our nation of our love/hate relationship with vacation, but the sad reality is that we’ve been on a downward trend since 2000, using less vacation time with each passing year.
Instead of killing company time and punching the clock as so many do at this time of year, a day spent making holiday memories with our kids would bring more light to our season and a kick in our step when we return to the office. A few days hitting the slopes and enjoying an apres-ski fireside cocoa can offer greater health and pleasure when we return to the office. And a weeklong trip overseas may be just what the doctored ordered while simultaneously motivating us to meet our 2017 goals.
Do we really need data to tell us that sitting around a half-empty office with a wide open calendar is an inefficient use of our time? Over a century ago, doctors recommended vacation time as a way to combat what they referred to as ‘brain fatigue’. Since then, some of the most successful brands have found their genesis in time-off.
Examples of the vacation silver bullet abound. It’s time organizations, managers and talent take advantage of what we already have to reinvigorate ourselves for the new year.
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