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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
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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!

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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.”

Featured photo credit: Spring Break Joy.jpg/clconroy via cdn.morguefile.com

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Published on July 27, 2021

15 Smart Video Conferencing Etiquette Tips to Follow

15 Smart Video Conferencing Etiquette Tips to Follow
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During the pandemic, video conferencing replaced in-person meetings and has now become the standard option for business meetings. Over the past 17 months, most workers have gotten past the video conferencing learning curve with Zoom or Microsoft Teams (or their platform of choice).

But just as with in-person meetings, attention can wax and wane. Some say we’re just not used to staring at ourselves so much on the screen. Instead of fixating on that, try employing smart video conferencing etiquette, or you may risk indiscretions that will flag you as a slacker.

Put the Pro in Professional

After more than a year of fine-tuning, here are the new rules of video conferencing etiquette.

1. Mute Your Mobile and Other Devices

The first video conference etiquette you need to know is muting your other devices. Just as in the pre-COVID days, someone’s obnoxious ring tone blaring Taylor Swift’s newest single in the middle of a meeting is also an annoyance if it happens during a Zoom meeting and so is the inevitable fumbling to turn off the sound. Even the apologies to the group get tiresome.

Also, when notifications are activated on the computer that you’re using for the meeting, the incoming message takes over the audio and you’ll miss out on snippets of the conversation. Be sure to eliminate this possible faux pas.

2. Dress the Part

While working from home, you may have fallen into the habit of slipping on your comfiest T-shirt each day. Hey, no judgments! But before you log on to your video conference, try to make an effort with your appearance.

Depending on your company culture and the importance of your meeting, consider dressing the part of the professional whom you wish to project. It will help you feel more self-assured, and others will likely take you more seriously.

For women, wear light make-up, put on earrings, and make sure your blouse is crisply pressed. For men, show up freshly shaved. Wearing a crisp collared shirt in a solid color will usually suffice.

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Pro Tip: Stay away from wearing white or black, unless those colors look great on you. Consider wearing light blue or brown instead.

3. Stage Your Workspace

Have you noticed the backdrops of experts interviewed on news shows? Bookshelves and photographs are carefully curated, and no busy-patterned furniture or artwork is in sight.

Take note of what appears behind you when you choose the location of your video conferences. Piles of junk mail on the table or stacks of folded laundry on the couch will convey more about your personal life than you care to share. Make sure you remove clutter from the camera’s eye, and present a tidy, orderly workspace to your colleagues, coworkers, and bosses.

4. Put Some Thought Into Lighting and Perspective

Be aware that in a video conference, your computer camera can actually make you look up to ten pounds heavier depending on where you sit. But you can easily drop those added pounds by moving back from the screen to diminish the wide-angle distortion.

Frame your head on the screen by tilting the screen up or down. Also, it’s best to not place yourself in front of a window or bright light, which makes you appear in shadow. Instead, face the light source, moving it (or yourself) until you have a flattering amount of illumination. You can also purchase some small spotlights that allow you to add light as needed.

Pro Tip: If your lights add too much redness to your skin, consider counter-balancing with a green filter.

Remember That Half of Life Is Showing Up

5. Arrive on Time

In the old days of in-person meetings, it was nearly impossible to slip in late into a meeting unnoticed. In today’s video conferences, logging in late still shows poor form. Instead, strive to arrive five minutes early and get yourself settled.

Once the meeting is underway, the host may be less attentive about late arrivals waiting to be let in. Diverting the host’s attention away from the meeting with a tardy entry request is the ultimate giveaway that you didn’t honor the schedule. If you don’t want a black mark against you, log in on time.

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6. Turn on Your Video

Few people like to see their face on the screen, but buck up and turn on your camera in video conferences. In most cases, it’s better to be a face on a screen than a name in a blank square. Your statements will be more memorable when other meeting attendees can see you.

If you need to turn off the video, either because of a poor connection, some commotion in the room, or a need for a quick break, give a short explanation via the chat feature. Then, go back on video as soon as you’re able.

Pro Tip: Keep your explanation for your departure pithy. “Sorry! Doorbell rang. Back in five” says it all. Be sure to honor what you say in chat and really do return in five minutes.

7. Plan Ahead Before Sharing Your Screen

Don’t be one of those people who makes everyone else wait as you click through folders in search of a document. That’s just poor video conferencing etiquette. If you know you’ll need to share a document or video on your screen, prepare by pulling it out of its folder and onto your desktop. Also, clean up the files and folders on your desktop to reduce clutter and facilitate easy access. Close other programs like chat, calendar notifications, and email. Disable pop-up notifications to ensure there’ll be no unforeseen distractions.

Be sure to remind the host before the meeting that you’ll need them to activate the screen-sharing function. Show courtesy once you’re finished by hitting “stop share” to return to the screen with participants.

Attend to the Pesky Details

8. Make Sure That Meetings Remain Right-Sized

With the easy accessibility of video conferencing, it can be tempting to extend the meeting invitation beyond the core group and include everyone peripherally involved in a project. But just as with in-person meetings, the more people involved, the more unwieldy the meeting becomes.

Use good judgment when asking others to sit through a video conference so that you don’t needlessly take up others’ time and so that participants can be fully engaged.

9. Remember to “Unmute” Before You Speak

Most of us are likely able to count on one hand the number of video conferences when someone didn’t have to be reminded, “You’re on mute!” Forgetting to unmute before speaking has become one of the most common missteps in video conferencing.[1]

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Show everyone your impeccable video-conferencing poise by managing your mute feature with flawless control.

10. Stay on Point to Keep the Meeting Length in Check

As with in-person meetings, an agenda with assigned time limits for discussions remains necessary to keep a meeting focused. Data shows, however, that video conferencing can actually reduce meeting time.[2] Reasons include the elimination of commuting time and the ability to screen share and annotate to keep everyone on task.

Additionally, side conversations are virtually impossible with video conferencing now that you can no longer have back-and-forth exchanges with the person beside you.

Pro Tip: If you’re running the meeting, let attendees know in advance the protocol for the chat feature. Is it okay for them to “chat among themselves” or not? (See point 11, as well.)

Talking Has a Time and a Place

11. Chat Appropriately

Just like side conversations or texting in an in-person meeting, the use of the chat feature during a video conference can be disrespectful unless it’s directed to all participants. Hence, it’s good video conferencing etiquette to mind your use of the chat.

At the start of the meeting, you may want to ask the host if it’s alright for participants to use the chat feature. This allows them to disable it if they choose. Used appropriately, it can be a helpful tool to clarify or amplify an earlier point once the conversation has moved on or to let the group know that you need to sign off early (and why).

12. Use the “Raise Hand” Feature to Avoid Interruptions

The slight lag in many video conferences can result in speaking over another person if you attempt to jump into a conversation. To avoid this awkward interruption, indicate when you have something to add to the discussion with the raise-your-hand feature that signals the host you would like to speak. This effective meeting management device makes video conferencing run more smoothly, especially with a large group, but it must be activated and monitored by the host.

Pro Tip: For meetings of six to ten people, sometimes the old-fashioned raising of your physical hand may be the best option. But it’s up to the meeting host. Ask them what they would prefer, and follow that.

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13. Don’t Record the Session or Take Photos Without Prior Permission

In this case, not sharing is caring. The “sharing culture” made popular through social media has little place in video conferencing. Before recording a meeting or capturing a screenshot of the participants, always ask for consent in advance from the full roster of attendees. Knowing that a video conference will be photographed or recorded could have a bearing on what others are willing to discuss.

Manage Yourself

14. Minimize Distractions

While de-activating audio and video features can keep distractions from affecting the other participants, you will need to manage noise and disruptions on your end to give your full attention to the meeting.

Move out of high-traffic zones in your home, keep your door closed, and ask family members to be considerate.

15. Save Snacking for Later

Save snacking for later—or earlier. Eating while on video conference is a no-no. Munching in front of the group while close to the camera—as you are when video conferencing—subjects the participants to an up-close and (too) personal view of your food consumption process.

However, it’s perfectly fine to sip quietly from a glass of water or cup of coffee or tea. If the meeting threatens to last for more than two hours, you may want to ask the host in advance to schedule a five-minute break at the halfway point.

Final Thoughts

Even though bosses are now beginning to ask workers to spend some of their workdays on-site, up to 80 percent will permit employees to work remotely at least part of the time, which means more video conferencing in your future.[3] Mastering these video conferencing etiquette tips will help you dial in—as well as dial back—your participation and demonstrate your unwavering level of engagement to the team.

Featured photo credit: Chris Montgomery via unsplash.com

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