A lot of entrepreneurs are hesitant to give their teams time off. But they shouldn’t be.
Time off is one of the most appreciated benefits an employer can provide. Given the complexity of most people’s lives, time to take care of themselves, their families, and their communities is precious and appreciated.
Other than establishing goodwill, though, there’s another strategic reason to give your team time off. If you want them to be creative, quickly coming up with solutions to complex problems and innovating improvements that will save and make you money, they need to be rejuvenated. Just as it’s challenging for you to come up with original ideas when you’re tired, the same is true for your team.
If your team hasn’t had a chance to recharge their batteries in a while, they’ll likely start to get drained. If it’s been too long, people get reactive and even small tasks turn into problems and crises. What’s the solution? Free Days.
Although it can feel like a challenge, give people a break to shift gears, turn off, and recharge so they can come back full of mental energy and creativity to make 2013 the best it can be.