If you can’t remember the last time you took more than a day off work for fun, you’re cheating your small business.
Say what? It may sound counterintuitive, but taking breaks from work is one of the best ways to keep your business in top shape. According to a recent study by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and the U.S. Travel Association, human resources managers overwhelmingly find that workers who take regular time off are more engaged with their companies, better performers, more productive workers, and happier with their companies.
This finding holds true for small business owners, too, says Lisa Orndorff, human resources manager for SHRM.
“Everyone — business owners and employees alike — needs time away from their jobs to regroup and have time that isn’t saturated with work,” says Lisa Orndorff, human resources manager for SHRM. “That also means prying their electronic smart devices from their hands, and making sure they don’t constantly check work email and texts while away from the office.”
Here are four good reasons why taking the breaks you need can benefit you, your employees and your business.