Summer Holidays Are Here! Will You Manage to Disconnect?

Summer Holidays Are Here! Will You Manage to Disconnect?
Holidays are meant to be a time to rest, and to come back to the job feeling refreshed and ready to go. But for this to work, you need to be able to unplug. Can you manage to do that?

If, as the song says, “Le travail, c’est la santé” (work is health), then it’s important not to forget about extended vacation time, which has a direct impact on your wellbeing… and your productivity! Here’s a quiz to see if you, like many professionals, find it difficult to cut the work cord.

1. It’s T-minus not-much-time until your holidays. You feel:

a) Overwhelmed! I’ll have no choice but to bring some work with me.
b) Ready, but still a little worried about what will happen while I’m gone.
c) Excited! A break is just what I need.

2. The first thing you do when you get to the cottage:

a) Switch on the wifi and set my computer up in a corner.
b) Check my messages before turning off my phone.
c) Chill the white wine.

3. Do you need your news fix while on vacation?

a) Yes, every morning with my coffee.
b) Here and there. I’m happy with a couple articles when I can get online.
c) No, I’m more of a JOMO (Joy of Missing Out) type of person.

4. To capture your memories away from home, you use:

a) Your cell phone — and I take the opportunity to answer your colleagues’ questions. 

b) Your tablet — where you’ve saved our itinerary.
c) Your camera — there’s nothing like it!

5. What is your best quality?

a) Devoted.
b) Generous.
c) Creative.

6. What type of vacation reader are you?

a) How Women Rise: Break the 12 Habits Holding You Back from Your Next Raise Promotion or Job, by Sally Helgesen and Marshall Goldsmith.
b) In Color, by designer and businesswoman Tory Burch.
c) Eat, Pray, Love, by novelist Elizabeth Gilbert.

7. There’s an important meeting for one of your projects while you’re away.

a) You’re anxious. You’ll take the time to join the meeting.
b) It should be fine… Your colleague said she’d take notes.
c) No worries! Your team is fully prepared.

8. How do you usually feel when you go back to work?

a) Ready! You didn’t miss out on a single thing that happened at the office.
b) Rested and inspired; while on holidays, you jotted down your ideas in a little notebook.
c) A little disoriented, but really relaxed.

9. You associate the word idle with:

a) An overrated concept.
b) A break that is well-deserved, but not always easy to make the most of!
c) Mojito, beach, sun…

RESULTS

PROFIL A

The Unworthy Vacationer

You find it impossible to stop working! But, stopping is vital and beneficial if you want to boost your creativity, increase your productivity, and – ultimately – prevent burnout!
Here are a few tips to get more out of your holidays and recharge your batteries.

  • A few days before you go, start delegating important projects to your colleagues.
  • Empty your inbox and set up an out-of-office message. You’ll feel less guilty about turning off your phone!
  • Avoid scheduling your holidays during busy periods; you’ll make yourself worry unnecessarily.
  • Make a list of things to do when you get back. You’ll leave with peace of mind.
  • Finally, don’t plan meetings for your first few days back, so you don’t have to prep them during your holidays.

Further reading: This short article offers various ways to unplug. Knowing how to disconnect is highly beneficial for your brain, your health, and your productivity; it’s good for you!

PROFIL B

The Part-Time Vacationer

Just like you, 40% of Canadians stay connected to the office during their holidays, according to a recent survey by the human resources consulting firm Ranstad C. It’s on trend not to cut the corporate cord, but it’s not very profitable: these workers on vacation will generally come back to the office more stressed. According to organizational psychologists, the best thing to do is to take three consecutive weeks of holidays to unwind, rest, and recuperate fully. Not possible for you? At the very least, try to get two uninterrupted weeks. If you really must stay in touch with the office, decide on a time slot (one hour each morning or evening) and stick to it!

Further reading: This short article offers various ways to unplug. Knowing how to disconnect is highly beneficial for your brain, your health, and your productivity; it’s good for you!

PROFIL C

The Model Vacationer

You’re a rare breed! In fact, according to a CROP poll, Quebecers are taking fewer and fewer summer holidays. While they planned to take 2 to 3 weeks off in 2013, this figure dropped to 2 weeks in 2015. Not to mention that more than one in two Quebecers have no plans for holidays this summer. But for you, holidays are sacred. You know the benefits and you’re aware that unplugging gives you the chance to recharge your batteries, by doing activities that you enjoy and spending quality time with the people you love. You know how to maintain a healthy balance between your professional and personal life. The result? Your motivation will be at its peak when you return to the office. In short, you’ve got it all right!

Further reading: This short article offers various ways to unplug. Knowing how to disconnect is highly beneficial for your brain, your health, and your productivity; it’s good for you!

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