A change is as good as a holiday, they say, but a holiday is in fact what many people need. Office burnout happens more than you may think, and there are many workers, both professional and volunteer, who would gain a lot from some good old-fashioned time off.
With computers in our homes and networks in our pockets we are increasingly working longer hours. We try to be efficient and are tied to these devices, until we get to the point we need to ask ourselves, “How effective can all 80 hours per week of this “work” actually be?”
Being able to truly ‘get stuff done’ relies on clear, positive, critical thinking. Higher processing skills function better when a person is well rested and relaxed, so it follows that someone who is sleeping well will perform better at work than someone who is anxious and suffering insomnia. Likewise, people returning to work after a holiday are really more productive than those who try to slog it our for months or even years on end.
There are a myriad of benefits to taking a holiday besides the simple rest and relaxation. Getting a change of perspective can make the world of difference to the way someone approaches work problems. Solutions can sometimes be found ‘outside the box’ when an individual takes the time to look at things a different way. A change of perspective and a little space to breath from under a heavy workload can help a person live a little lighter, and encourage them to get more creative with their approach to work.
The big thinking required for growth of a company or other organisation can happen during periods of rest. Taking a breather also creates space in which it is more difficult to grow resentment and can improve morale of workers more than almost any other measure.
If stress is piling up and work is seeming impossible, it might not be that you are falling short or that the work is too difficult. Perhaps it is simply time to take a break.