Managers Need Time Off Too!

One of the biggest mistakes you can make as a manager or leader is to forget about yourself. While taking time off from work might seem difficult or down right impossible, managers absolutely need to and should take time off. Whether it’s a long weekend here and there or a full 1-2 week vacation, it’s in the best interest of your mental and physical health to schedule some time off!

Taking time away from work to recharge can help you become a better leader by improving your focus and drive. It’s important to plan ahead and prepare yourself and your staff for your time away, so how can you keep on top of your busy schedule while also taking time off for yourself?

Read further for a few tips on how managers can take time off:

Plan ahead.

While it’s necessary to take time away from work, a spontaneous vacation out of the blue is typically not the best way to go about getting that desperately needed break. Leaving your management post without warning will be more wearisome, so, incorporate careful planning and foresight to set yourself up for a stress-free getaway. Don’t take time off during a busy season or in the middle of an important deadline. Prudently plan out your task calendar ahead of time to avoid missteps during crunch-time.


Annihilate your workload.

Part of planning ahead should be catching up on your workload before you go. In the weeks leading up to your time off, review your day-to-day schedule to see where you can fit in extra tasks. You’ll want to minimize the number of things to catch up on that’ll be waiting for you when you get back. It’s generally a bad management practice to push things off for an entire week so take into consideration what items can truly wait and what needs to be addressed before you go. Keep in mind that coming back to a looming pile of catch up work or fires to put out will completely negate the purpose of your time off!


Don’t be afraid to delegate.

When it’s finally time for you to take your vacation, you will want to actually enjoy time off without feeling obligated to answer every email and call while you’re away. Delegate one of your team members or colleagues to stand in while you’re away. Let them be the eyes and ears on your behalf: answering any inquires, keeping up with timelines, checking for important emails in your inbox, and making sure things run smoothly while you’re out. Be sure your delegated ‘second-in-command’ is fully apprised of daily tasks and timelines so that nothing slips through the cracks. Your second-in-command should also have shared access to contacts, documents, and any information needed to keep up with workflow in your absence.


Plan for your time off accordingly in advance, attend to anything pending, check in with your team and bring your second-in-command up to speed before you go. Do what you can to minimize anything that would be required of you during your absence. Be sure not to stick yourself with a taxing workload upon your return that will undo all the positive effects of your time off!


Bear in mind that being a workaholic can only hurt you and your employees in the long run, causing more stress that eventually leads to burnout. Follow these steps and allow yourself to take your time off with peace of mind. This way you will actually have the opportunity to focus on unwinding and rebuilding yourself mentally and physically. Give yourself this gift so you can return ready to jump back in the saddle energized and with a new perspective!