Want to Boost Your Productivity? Take a Vacation!

Here's some information every timeshare developer and HOA Board should be talking about to timeshare owners.

We all enjoy vacationing, but according to a report from ARDA Insights Blog, research shows that actually taking a vacation is not only good for overall well being, it can also boost our productivity, increase job satisfaction, and promote higher organizational morale. All these good things were shown in a study done by the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM).

ARDA recognized the importance of the study and has joined with the U.S. Travel Association to get the word out about the research, and share it with the industry, timeshare owners, and potential new owners. The U.S. Travel Association calls its current campaign the Travel Effect. Here are some of their statistics linking vacation time and work productivity:

  • More than 3/4 HR professionals believe employees who use vacation time perform better than those who do not.
  • Six in ten organizations report employees fail to use three + days of paid vacation each year. 
  • 85% of talent managers at "use it or lose it" organizations agree that employees who take time off are more productive in jobs.

President and CEO of the U.S. Travel Association, Roger Dow practices what he's promoting, he says, "In addition to the standard HR benefit package at U.S. Travel, I believe in rewarding my employees with additional time off. Time away from work allows my team to recharge and return to the office more motivated, creative and innovative."

Reduced Burnout

There's plenty of research backing up the Travel Effect statistics.  CNNMoney reports that Americans, on average, give up $34.3 billion in vacation days by not taking all of their accrued days off. Some people don't even take a vacation at all.  Or they go on vacation but take work with them, and are constantly using their cell phone or computer to keep in contact with the office. This is not the kind of mindset you want to have on vacation. And, it's not good for you! Burnout affects all aspects of your physical and mental health. Chronic stress can contribute to depression, irritability, inability to focus, and other health issues that all affect your productivity. Workers who take vacation time to relax and recharge are more productive and creative than their over-worked colleagues.

Increased Creativity

A good vacation can really get those creative juices flowing. Remember what it's like to come back from vacationing in a place that you'd never traveled to before? Maybe it was an exotic location very different from your day-to-day environment, or just a change from your normal life's scenery, such as a vacation in a lovely beach resort. Seeing a different country, experiencing a different culture, and being in a unique environment is stimulating. All those interesting things that you've learned on vacation help recharge your creative batteries and stimulate new ideas to input into your work!

Timeshare Owners More Likely to Take a Vacation

The ARDA Insights Blog reminds us that owning a timeshare is the perfect way to assure that we take a vacation. Howard Nusbaum, president and CEO of ARDA says, "The timeshare industry has been advocating for regular vacations through our members and our consumer website, Timeshare owners are more likely to take their vacation since it's pre-paid, which is one huge benefit to owning a timeshare."   Not only that, timeshares offer a choice of resorts in highly desirable locations, and flexible time, making it easy and stress-free for busy workers to plan their vacation.

The benefits that you get from a vacation can increase your quality of life, which in turn carries over to increased quality of work. Research published in the journal, Applied Research in Quality of Life, says that vacationers who reported feeling very relaxed on their vacation experienced an increase in happiness even after the vacation. In some cases, the feeling lasted for up to two weeks!

More information about the benefits of travel for families, businesses, communities and more can be found at (www.traveleffect.com and www.vacationbetter.org.)

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