Q&A: How to Combat Vacation Stigma?

by Katy Mooney | Aug 7, 2023 | Burning Question

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I’m all for taking my vacation, but most of my colleagues don’t, and they frown upon me for doing so. They fear they will be judged as uncommitted, a slacker, or worse, dispensable. What do I do?

Kyra, 27

That must be frustrating. You’re right to want to take your vacation days – it’s part of your compensation, after all. You have a few options:

  1. Share the research (some of it is provided in this blog post) so they understand the importance and value of vacation – to the company and you. 🙌
  2. Probe what is holding them back. Is it management expectations? Process complications? Outdated norms? 🕵️‍♀️
  3. Suggest a pilot where everyone agrees to take their vacation – so the team can feel the collective benefits.🤝
  4. Talk to your manager to see if old policies can be updated (see inspiring examples in this blog post) or if expectations can be reset for the team. 🔄
  5. Last, if none of that works, take your vacation. Unapologetically. You earned it. 💪

So go ahead, grab that sunhat, relax on the beach, and make the most of your well-deserved time off! 🏖️🌞

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