Have you ever wondered why a committed staff might begin to decline in commitment and productivity? To be clear, the factors can vary.

However, work related stress is a leading factor for employee disengagement from routines they usually loved to engage in.
It’s important to encourage your employees to take time off. Make it clear to them that this is a business issue — not just a personal one. This is especially important in societies where it’s believed that taking time off can threaten a person’s position since the substitute employee can expose deficiencies of the vacationer.  

Use a few minutes in a team meeting to share some of the research on the benefits of vacation, such as higher productivity and less stress. Then keep track of how many vacation days employees have taken, and periodically update the team so that they know this issue matters to you. When people do take time off, tell them that you don’t want them checking email or voicemail, and that you’ll keep a list of things that come up for when they’re back. And if someone on your team isn’t taking their vacation time, bring it up during their next development discussion.

Most important of all, be a good role model: Take full, disconnected vacations so that your team will, too.


HBR,  Liane Davey, Eze V. Uwaezuoke
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