No time for vacation? You’re fired!

25 08 2017


“The breaks you take from work pay you back manifold when you return because you come back with a fresher mind and newer thinking.  Some of your best ideas come when you’re on vacation.” ~ Guatam Singhania

It’s that time of year.  Many people take vacations before or after Labor Day.  After that, it’s sending the kids back to school (and the crowd roared!), or just getting back in to your routine for the few months before Thanksgiving and the December Holidays.  Whether you’re taking your vacation this week or not, be sure that you look at your calendar and ensure that you’re taking all of your time off before the end of the year, because usually only a bit can carry over, and everyone can’t have the last week of the year off.  I’ve rarely had to deny time off requests, but the rare times I did, it was when everyone wanted the last week of the year off, and our company still has to be here to change the lives of people in trouble, with at least a skeleton crew, that week.

There’s a famous business school story about Lee Iacocca, the former CEO of Chrysler.  He was walking a factory floor and introduced himself to one of the floor managers.  After talking to the manager for a while, the manager, in his zealous desire to impress the CEO, told Mr. Iacocca that he never took vacation, because his job was so important to him that he couldn’t leave the floor for a week.  Lee immediately demoted the manager to his old job on the line, explaining that nothing is more important than family time, and if he couldn’t find a way to break away for a week here and there, he didn’t need the stress associated with his promotion, because he didn’t have the time management and delegation skills necessary to succeed in the job.  So folks, take the vacation time that you have.  You earned it!

Speaking of Vacations


Rubes cartoons used with permission.





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