Guess what. Being at the office all the time does not impress your managers. In fact, it’s exactly the opposite: getting away from work can actually increase your chances of a raise or a promotion. Truth. A new study shared by the Harvard Business Review and Project Time Off shows that those who get out of the office are happier at work (duh) but also are more likely to be successful. It makes good business sense (or creative, or non-profit, or educational, or whatever field) to use up all that Paid Time Off, and perhaps even to ask for more.
The big fact from the HBR article reveals, “people who take all of their vacation time have a 6.5% higher chance of getting a promotion or a raise than people who leave 11 or more days of paid time off on the table. That percentage may sound small (and it is a correlation versus a causation), but it is the polar opposite of the idea that staying at work might mean getting ahead.”
Further more, your brain is rested and energized from time off and travel, which increases your productivity, additionally benefitting those who pay you.
Managers associate personal happiness with productivity. In fact, when asked what vacation time benefit would motivate managers to talk to their employees about using more vacation days, the top benefit was increased personal happiness (31%), followed by productivity (21%). Why does happiness win out? Because most managers understand that happy employees are more productive and collaborative.