Pop-A-Lock - August 2019

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AUGUST 2019 Come Back to Work Refreshed With Memories That Last for Life I n 2017, a study showed that 52% of employees don’t use all their allotted vacation days for the year. As for why a majority of Americans don’t take as much of a break as they could, 61% said they feared looking replaceable and 56% said their workload was too heavy. Those were the most popular reasons. While I think it’s good to strive for a great work ethic, I think there’s some reprioritization that needs to happen. Other studies have shown that employees are more likely to be productive, innovative, relaxed, engaged, and balanced after taking time off. You can’t run on fumes and expect to complete your work to the best of your ability. It’s important to take time off to relax and give yourself time to create memories. Most employers in the United States realize this. Approximately 76% of private businesses offer their employees some sort of paid vacation time, despite there being no law that says they have to do so. At Pop- A-Lock, our employees get a certain amount of vacation time based on their time employed, and we require that they take it. We want our people to get away from their work, relax a little bit, do something they enjoy, and come back to us refreshed. But that’s not the only reason taking a vacation is important. About 54% of participants in the 2017 survey said that the logistics of travel and concerns about security while traveling were hindering them from using their time off. Many people think they’re wasting their time off if they don’t go on some grand, elaborate vacation, but you don’t have to go to Disney World to create memories with your family and friends. It could be as simple as a camping trip or even just spending time at home. Some of my fondest memories growing up are the trips I took with my parents to my extended family’s farms. I really treasure the opportunities I had to spend more time with my parents, aunts, uncles and cousins. One of the most memorable vacation experiences I had was getting to see the Yankees play the A’s in Kansas City when I was 10 years old. I was a huge Mickey Mantle fan. He was from Oklahoma like me, and, on top of that, he was at the height of his career at the time. At one point, I was 10 feet away from him, and I was going to ask for his

autograph, like a lot of others were doing, but I chickened out. Luckily, I got to meet him about 35 years later at a sporting goods show during my Pop-A-Shot days. I enjoyed visiting with him and even got a photo with him, That baseball game was over 60 years ago, and I can still remember it like it was yesterday. I’m so grateful my parents took the time to give me that experience, and I never would have gotten it if they didn’t take time off from work to take me to the game. Using your time off will absolutely leave you more refreshed and productive for the workdays to follow, but the memories you create on those vacations can last a lifetime. -Doug Barnes

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