Vacations are not only important, but vital to the long term success of a company. Some of the reasons for this are obvious, while the others may not be so much so. They range from health of the employees to productivity issues, and end at accountability. How is each one connected to the health of the business?
Employees that do not take adequate time away from work are likely to suffer from stress and burnout. Stress can wreak havoc on the body, causing issue with everything from the heart and digestive system to mental and emotional problems.
Employees that are physically, mentally, or emotionally unhealthy are not going to be at peak productivity levels. While productivity is affected my many things, the health and happiness of the employee is a huge factor.
There are many other factors that contribute to the health and happiness of employees, but time away from work is a major player.
Requiring vacations is a major factor in an effective fraud prevention program. Anything that is a deviation from the normal system is likely to bring any potential fraud issues to light.
If an employee is defrauding the company, they may not want to take a vacation if given the option, for fear that the fraud will be discovered while someone else is handling their duties.
This is a likely scenario, and why most fraud management procedures require that vacations be taken at least annually.
Accountability and Cross-Training
Another benefit of employees taking vacations is that cross-training between jobs can be tested. It is wise for employees to be able to handle duties other than their own in case of emergency, and leaving positions unfilled temporarily due to vacations is an opportunity to put this to the test.
This provides accountability as well in both positions, as the person filling in will have to prove they know how to perform the duties of the position, and they may see where corners have been cut if they are looking at the job with fresh eyes.
Managing employees, including the dance needed to schedule vacations and manage work while employees are on vacation, is a delicate dance that takes organization and hard work on all parts.