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Hail vacation as a welcome back

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Vacation and summer go together like bread and butter. Don't fight it.

If you like to think of yourself as a workhorse, you may expect the same gung-ho attitude from others. As June rolls around and your employees plan summer trips, you may subtly (or not so subtly) disapprove of their desire to take time off.

Instead of lambasting someone for taking a well-earned vacation, celebrate it. Show interest in the trip. Emphasize that the individual deserves R&R and that you hope it's a success.

This time of year tests many organizations' commitment to flexibility and work-family balance. Employers often insist that they value "the whole employee." Managers claim to want staffers to enjoy a rich and full life outside of work, but they do not always act that way.

When employees request time off to vacation with their family, they don't want their manager making them feel guilty. "You don't see me or other people around here taking trips this summer," one boss told a reader. "I guess you're a slacker."

The boss laughed, but our reader's spirits sunk. Express approval when people use vacation time, and you'll boost morale.


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