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These Highly Successful People Tell You To Take Vacations From Work

These Highly Successful People Tell You To Take Vacations From Work

Americans have been tethered to their jobs ever since the Great Recession took a major blow to the economy of the United States. According to USA Today, for a household to live the “American Dream” as of 2014, the ideal lifestyle costs $130,357 per year. This includes mortgage, children, food, retirement planning, and health care. The average household income in the United States as cited by Census ACS survey is $52,250. For every Americans to afford the “American Dream”, taking a vacation is not an option. The fear of losing their jobs and getting left behind deters American to take vacations from work.

Many renowned and successful people, in terms of wealth and hard work, are aware that vacations are important in maintaining high-quality performance, not just as a reward for hard work and an outlet to release stress. Here are 12 renowned and successful people that may inspires you to grab that vacation you’ve been setting aside.

 1. Bill Gates

This year, Bill Gates is the richest man in the world according to Forbes. He is the founder of Microsoft. Bill Gates undertakes two, week long retreats each year. He evaluates the works of his company, devises new ideas, and reads the latest trends. He calls these two, week long retreats as his “Think Weeks.”

 2. Marissa Mayer

Marissa Mayer is the current CEO and president of Yahoo! Inc. Amidst all the issues surrounding her position and ethics at the multinational internet corporation, Mayer still finds time to rest and works 10-11 hours a day. According to CNN, Mayer said: “I pace myself by taking a week-long vacation every four months.”

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 3. John Donahoe

As CEO of the multinational corporation and e-commerce company, eBay, John Donahoe encourages people to take their vacations to reorganize their work schedule and to rejuvenate their spirit. “From time to time, I like to take a “thinking day.”

These are pre-scheduled, uninterrupted times to step away from the chaos, zero-base my time, and refocus on the issues that are most important.

4. Richard Branson

The founder of Virgin Group, which comprises more than 400 companies, Richard Branson adapted the “unlimited vacation time” for his employees at the Virgin’s US. He hopes this policy will strengthen the relationship of the employee and company and will have positive impact on the overall organization.

“How can you find time to get to know your children if you’re working with the very little holiday time you’re given?” cited by Branson stressing the importance of taking vacations from time to time.

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5. Tim Cook

Tim Cook is the current CEO of Apple Inc., the company that produces the iPad, iPhone, and iPod products. He recently gave his employee a Thanksgiving Week off due to the successful launch of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.

According to Cook, “Our people are the soul of our company, and we all need time to refresh and renew.”

 6. Sheryl Sandberg

Sheryl Sandberg was the Vice-President of Global Online Sales and Operations at Google and she is now the Chief Operating Officer of Facebook. She constantly spends quality time with her two young children. How does she manage this? She leaves her office at 5:30 PM every day.

Sheryl Sandberg said that “Hey! I am leaving work at 5:30. And I say it very publicly, both internally and externally. And I hope that means other women and men, importantly men, feel comfortable going home seeing their kids” in a video by Makers.com.

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 7. JJ Ramberg

JJ Ramberg did not take vacations seriously when her company Goodshop.com was just starting, but now that it had grown into a success, she takes vacations incredibly serious as it helps her ward off burnout. “The successful entrepreneur will figure out what’s not working — and then come up with solutions, whether that’s hiring help, devising a new business strategy or simply taking a vacation to recharge the battery.”

 8. Jim Mofatt

Jim Moffatt is the chairman and CEO of Deloitte Consulting LLP. He wrote an article entitled “Take a Serious Vacation: A CEO’s Advice to all CEO’s” to encourage people, most specifically CEO’s, to take vacations from their professions.

“If you really unplug, you will start thinking about the long term, strategic issues, and what we have to do to be successful over the 9-to-24-month period, and that is essential.” Jim Moffatt wrote.

 9. Sarah Michelle Gellar

The star of the hit-series “Buffy the Vampire Slayer”, Sarah Michelle Gellar, knows the importance of taking vacations from work. She said in an interview by Cosmopolitan, “We work really hard, and you have to remember once in a while that you can actually stop working and appreciate things. I’m definitely leading a much slower life now that I’m not working every single day on a television series.”

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 10. Larry Page

The co-founder of the world-renowned company Google, Larry Page’s contributions to the World Wide Web is revolutionary. He thinks that reducing the work time of employees will leads to positive results and overall greater performance of an organization.

In a chat with Fireside, Larry Page said, ‘Would you like an extra week of vacation?’ They raise their hands, 100% of the people. ‘Two weeks vacation, or a four-day work week?’ Everyone will raise their hand. Most people like working, but they’d also like to have more time with their family or to pursue their own interests.”

11. Oprah Winfrey 

Dubbed as the “Queen of all Media”, Oprah Winfrey has been ranked as the richest African-American of the 20th century. As a host and producer of her own talk show, the Oprah Winfrey Show, she has taken her entire staff and their families on lots of tours – a Mediterranean cruise in 2009 and an all-expenses paid trip to Hawaii in 2005.

Talk about generosity and the importance of taking a vacation, way to go Oprah!

12. Tiger Woods

Tiger Woods is one of the most successful golfers in our time, and one of the highest-paid athletes in the world. Interestingly, he takes a vacation before heading on to major tournaments so he can spend time with his kids and girlfriend Lindsey Vonn. Amidst all the issues surrounding him, he still knows the importance of taking a break. “We had a good little time,” Woods said of his vacation with girlfriend Lindsey Vonn and his two kids. “We toured a little bit and even played a little Putt-Putt, which I won every single time.”

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Last Updated on December 10, 2019

7 Strategies to Keep Employee Motivation High

7 Strategies to Keep Employee Motivation High

Highly motivated employees are essential to the success of any business. Most people spend a third of their lives at work.[1] That’s a significant amount of time away from home, apart from the people who make us happy and the things we love to do. So keeping employee motivation high is essential for creating an office environment that gets the best out of our people.

But do you know what motivates your people?

It’s simple:

  • Is their work stimulating?
  • Does it challenge them?
  • Is there room to grow, a promotion perhaps?
  • Do you encourage creativity?
  • Can they speak openly and honestly with you?
  • Do you praise them?
  • Do you trust your staff to take ownership of their work?
  • Do they feel safe in their work environment?
  • And more importantly, do you pay them properly?

Every one of these factors contributes to the general happiness of your employees. It’s what motivates them to come into the office each day and work hard, hit goals, and get results.

In contrast, an unmotivated employee is typically unhappy. They take more sick days, they’re not invested in seeing your business succeed, and they’re always on the lookout for something better.

Stats show that 81 percent of employees would consider leaving their jobs today if the right opportunity presented itself.[2] So it’s up to you to set aside time and energy to create a work environment that benefits every one of your employees.

These seven strategies will help you motivate your people to consistently deliver quality work and, more importantly, to stick around for the long term.

1. Be Someone They Can Rely On

You rely on your people to turn up to work each day, to come to you when they have a problem they can’t solve, to be honest, and to always engage professionally with customers.

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But this is not a one-way street. You, too, need to be someone your team can rely on. They trust you to have their backs when a client is unreasonable, to know that the decisions they make are in your best interest, and to make good on your promises.

If you say you’ll attend an important meeting, be there. If your company makes a profit and you’ve said you’ll pay a bonus, pay it. The goodwill of your people is something you never want to test, let alone lose.

Be reliable; it’s astounding how much this motivates your people.

2. Create an Awesome Company Culture

There’s no denying that company culture trickles down from the top. Your leadership and attitude massively influences the attitudes, work ethic, and happiness of your staff. If you’re always stressed-out, overly demanding, and unreasonable, it’ll create tension in your office which will adversely affect your employees’ motivation levels.

In fact, the HAYS “US What People Want Survey” found that 47 percent of staff who are actively looking for a new job, pinpoint company culture as the driving force behind their reason to leave.

So if you have high staff turnover, you need to determine whether your company culture might be the motivating factor behind your churn rate.

Here are four ways to build a culture that keeps your employees highly motivated.

  • Be conscious of the image you present. Your body language and attitude can positively or negatively impact your employees. So come to work energized. Be optimistic, friendly, and engaging—this enthusiasm will spill over to your people and motivate them to be more productive and efficient.
  • Appreciate your people and be reasonable. Celebrate your team’s achievements. If they’re doing a good job, tell them. Encourage them to challenge themselves and try new things. And reward when deserved. If they’re struggling, help them. Work together to find solutions and be a sounding board for their ideas.
  • Be flexible. Give your people opportunities to work remotely—this is highly motivating to staff, particularly millennials. They don’t want to be battling traffic each day on their way to work. They don’t want to miss their kids’ baseball games or ballet rehearsals. Stats show that companies that offer flextime and the ability to work from home or a coffee shop have happier and more productive employees.
  • Create employee-friendly work environments. These are spaces that inspire and ignite the imagination. Have you ever been to Google’s offices? No headquarter is the same. From indoor slides and food trucks, to hammocks, and funky work pods on the wall, gaming rooms, and tranquil interior gardens, there’s something for everyone. It’s a space where people want to be, catering to their need for creativity, quiet, or team building; you name it.

So take a look at your company culture and ask yourself, Is my business an attractive workplace for talented professionals? Does it inspire commitment and motivate my people? What could I do to improve my company culture?

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3. Touch Base with Your Team Weekly

Make time for your people, whether you run a remote business or work in an office, set aside time each week to talk to your people one-on-one. It’s non-negotiable.

When there’s an open line of communication between staff members, work gets done. Don’t believe me? A study by Gallup found that 26 percent of employees said feedback from their leaders helps them to do a better job.[3]

Your people want to feel trusted. They want to take ownership of their work, but they also need to know that when they have a question, they can reach out and get answers. If you’re unwilling to make yourself available, your team will quickly become unmotivated, work will stagnate, and your business will stop growing.

So block off time on your calendar each week to touch base with your people, even if only to let them know that what they’re working on matters.

4. Give Them the Tools They Need to Do Their Jobs Well

Imagine trying to run your business without electricity. How would you contact your clients? What would happen when your phone or computer battery died?

Technology is super critical to the success of your businesses. It allows you to work more efficiently, to be more productive, and to handle matters on-the-go. That’s why you need to give your people tools that will make their jobs easier.

Make sure their equipment is in good working condition. There’s nothing more frustrating than a laptop that takes ages to boot up. It’s got to go. Replace outdated software with new software. Don’t make your designer work in Coreldraw; give them access to the most up-to-date version of Adobe Creative Suite. Take it a step further and buy them a subscription to Shutterstock or Getty Images.

Make working for you a pleasure, not a pain; and watch your employees’ motivation levels rise.

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5. Provide Opportunities to Learn and Upskill

Would you believe me if I told you that 33 percent of people cite boredom and a need for new challenges as the top reason for leaving their job?[4] If you want to retain your talent, you need to upskill.

Thanks to technology, we live in a rapidly evolving world that demands we change with it. A copywriter is no longer just a writer; they now need to be experts in SEO, Google Adwords, CRMs, and so much more.

A pastry chef needs to be a food stylist, photographer, and social media manager. An entrepreneur needs to be a marketer—or at least take ownership of the marketing message for their business—if they hope to scale.

Technology makes all of this possible. No matter your location, your people can continuously expand their knowledge and gain new skill sets—something that’s highly motivating to employees. They want to know that there are opportunities to grow and develop themselves.

If you won’t invest in your people, then your business becomes just another job to tide them over until they find where they truly belong. So be the company that sees value in developing its people.

6. Monitor Their Workload

Overworked employees tend to be unproductive and unhappy. Your people cannot be at full capacity every day, month to month. Something’s got to give. They’ll become deflated and their work will eventually suffer, which will negatively impact your business.

What I like to do is implement a traffic light system. It helps me to keep a finger on the pulse of my business. So there’s red, yellow, and green:

  • Red means they’re fully loaded.
  • Yellow means they’re busy, but they can potentially take on more.
  • Green means they haven’t got enough to do.

I use this traffic light system because I don’t want my team members to be stressed out of their brains all the time. If they are, they won’t make good decisions and they won’t do good work.

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If my people are regularly overloaded, I have things to think about. Perhaps I need to hire a new person to help ease the load or take a closer look at what projects are good to go, and which can take a back seat.

And this is why #3 is essential. If I’m regularly engaging with my people, I’ll know that while they’re coping with their workload, it is impacting their performance and health, and I’ll take action.

7. Don’t Mess Around with Your Employees’ Pay

Never mess around with your people’s salary. As a business owner or high-level manager, it’s easy to forget that most people live from paycheck to paycheck. Delayed compensation can mean a missed bill payment, which could result in costly penalties they can’t afford or hits to their credit score.

So it’s your job to ensure that you pay your people on time.

The Bottom Line

A motivated team is an asset to any business. These people never give up. They get excited about coming to work each day and can’t wait to test a new theory or tackle a particularly tricky challenge. They’re proud of the work they do. And more importantly, they have no reason to leave.

Wouldn’t you rather be part of their success story than the business that drove them away?

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