Why taking a break is good for you – and your business

News: Why going on holiday is good for you - and your business

June 30, 2014

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Small Businesses

With holiday season fast approaching, Lisa Gough of telephone answering specialist Moneypenny and virtual phone system Penelope, looks at why restful holidays make for better business. 

Research has shown that going on holiday not only makes you feel good while you’re away but helps you feel better for weeks, sometimes even months afterwards.

But how many business owners and employees have taken heed of the advice from the Holiday Health Experiment (HHE) reported in 2013 by tour operator Kuoni and Nuffield Health which urged us to make sure we get away? It appears that as many as one in three of us don’t use all our holidays and we know that start up and sole traders are among the worst at letting go, fearing leaving their business unmanned.

As much as we know we need it, we can all come up with reasons not to take a holiday – ‘I’m too busy’, ‘no-one can look after my business like I do’, ‘what will I miss?’, ‘I can’t afford to take my foot off the gas’. But whatever reasoning is holding us back, think twice, as jetting off has been clinically shown to cut blood pressure, help us sleep better and bounce back from stress, so the benefits shouldn’t be ignored.

But it’s not just about getting away; it’s about completely switching off.  Years ago it was technologically impossible to keep in touch on a beach. Now, it’s the norm with emails, text messages and social media with us wherever we go.

The benefits of a complete ‘switch off’ are obvious but we are still surrounded by evidence of workers, and business owners in particular, struggling to wind down. 

Earlier this year, Alexander Ehmann, deputy director of policy at the Institute of Directors said: “You won’t be able to stop people checking their BlackBerry from the beach, and it may be necessary to be contactable in emergencies, but we’d call on businesses to use their common sense and relax when on leave.”

In a fast-moving 24/7 world it can be difficult to let go, but with the technologies and services available today there is no reason why business owners or managers should not be able to relax and enjoy their holidays.

Here at Moneypenny we have already seen a 26 per cent rise in the numbers of businesses requesting temporary telephone answering cover for the forthcoming holiday periods, so fingers crossed that is a sign that owners are now switching on to the benefits of switching off; knowing their business is in good hands.  Returning from a holiday happy and healthy makes for greater and more creative productivity, so don’t be afraid to allow yourself to relax. After all regular, restful breaks are the best tonic for you and your business.

To encourage business owners and employees to take a well-deserved break and take time out from work, Moneypenny is offering Temporary Cover for your  business for two weeks for £50.

Interested in this offer? Want to find out more about Moneypenny’s service? Call us on 0333 202 1005, we’ll be happy to help. And who knows, maybe you’ll enjoy some time off this summer.