Lead by example with your own vacation
Yes, you! Founders are some of the most burnout-prone people in the business universe. Running a business is a marathon, not a sprint.
Show your employees that taking time off is an expectation. Glorifying the never-ending hustle is over, and burnout is real. Burnout is characterized by emotional exhaustion, cynicism and ineffectiveness in the workplace, and by chronic negative responses to stressful workplace conditions.
Job burnout accounts for an estimated $125 billion to $190 billion in U.S. health care spending each year. It’s also been attributed to type 2 diabetes, coronary heart disease, gastrointestinal issues, high cholesterol and even death for those under the age of 45.
Starting a company might be sexy, but burning out (and looking like sh*t because your health is deteriorating) is not. Leading by example means…
- Planning your trip in advance. Always try to be transparent with your team about the next time you’ll be taking a vacation.
- Prepare others for your absence. Communicate to others (both internally and externally) that you will be offline. Delegate appropriately before you go away.
- Turn your out-of-office responses on, including the best person to reach for various issues in your absence.
- Properly disconnect. Every time you respond to an email on vacation, you’re also sending a message to your team that leaving the office doesn’t actually mean getting vacation (which negates the benefits of time off).