The speed of business in today’s world is rapid and the amount of data available to companies makes the work load even larger and more competitive. Cell phones, tablets and laptops allow us to plug-in and connect with colleagues and clients at any moment of the day.  However, it’s important to remember that a proper work-life balance keeps you and your employees engaged and healthy.

According to a recent Forbes article, Americans let an average of 429 million vacation days expire each year. We often wait for the office to “slow down” before we can feel comfortable taking time off, but unfortunately, time passes and that vacation never gets scheduled.  The article outlines the following three reasons why it’s important to use vacation days:

Improve Your Health
The best things about vacation are sleeping without an alarm clock, engaging in physical activities, and letting your mind rest to decrease stress levels.  Employees who take a break from the office tend to be more productive and produce higher quality work.

Tips for a healthy work-life balance

View from Kalalau Trail on Kauai Island, Hawaii

Become A More Well-Rounded Employee
We are often so busy wrapped up in our own daily life and work that we forget we sometimes make mountains out of molehills. Visiting other areas of the world and learning about different cultures allows us to examine things on a larger scale and appreciate others and their feelings.  This renewed sense of purpose can refresh and reenergize you.

Tips for a healthy work-life balance

Tian Tan Budda on Lantau Island, Hong Kong

Restore Your Passion
Taking a break from your daily routine can bring back your enthusiasm and make you a better co-worker and manager. Your ability to produce new ideas and look at tasks with a fresh set of eyes will drive an increase in your performance.

Tips for a healthy work-life balance

Playa Flamingo, Costa Rica

How do you maintain a healthy work-life balance?