More than 100 billion business emails are sent every day. No email communication is more fraught with tension than the vacation request. Is the timing right? Will we have coverage? Is the tone appropriate? Is this a good enough reason? Does the reason matter? Employees would have to be mind readers to get it exactly right. But what if they could read their bosses’ minds?
Managers are much more supportive of time off than America’s 429 million unused vacation days would suggest. As the research shows, they understand and support the benefits of taking time to refresh, but the utter lack of communication has helped define an always-on, 24/7 work culture that is burning us out, impacting our well-being, hurting our relationships, and damaging our businesses and economy.
There’s only one thing employees really need to know when it comes to how their bosses view vacation time: it’s important and has the ability to make you a happier, more productive colleague. The problem? Those thoughts never leave the manager’s head.