What do you do when your computer starts getting a little bit slow, overheats or crashes? You reboot it. Just like computers, humans need rebooting and a bit of downtime to be able to reset and work efficiently again. This is not only a matter of common sense or just something we can all observe from our own experience, but there’s also research that points in this direction. Research made in collaboration with NASA pilots to measure the benefits of a vacation concluded that their reaction time improved 80% after taking a holiday.
In the same manner, creativity is more likely to happen if you take time off – travelling to a foreign country and spending time outdoors are two activities that help foster fresh perspectives and creative solutions. Who knew that spending time away from your desk actually made you more productive? This is, unfortunately, something that goes against old school ideas and practices about the workplace – quoting Ron Friedman,
“There is an astonishing gap between the latest science and the modern workplace.”
It’s about time they go hand-in-hand, if businesses want a creative and engaged workforce.
To create a culture of innovation companies must then allow their employees to take time off and proactively make sure they do. For this reason, organisations such as Full Contact are creating programmes and mechanisms that incentivise their workers to take all their time off, as the payoff is a lot higher in the long run.
A burnout employee will not perform to the same standards as someone who has had enough downtime, sleep or playtime and this is supported by more research. When mental fatigue sets in, accidents and errors occur, which can be costly, dangerous and can easily be avoided.
Here at Wazoku we believe in the importance of taking time off to decompress and that is why our employees benefit from unlimited paid vacation. Only 1% of companies offer this perk but it’s a step in the right direction, of creating a culture where employees can rest and refresh their minds, to be happier and more productive in the workplace.