Summer is upon us, and the workforce is looking for ways to disconnect and recharge. After working remotely full-time for over a year, many employees are experiencing burnout from the lack of boundaries between work and life. As more and more companies announce reopening plans in the fall, it is even more important for the workforce to find ways to take time for themselves before moving to a hybrid work schedule.
Here are five ways you can truly disconnect from work and enjoy your summer.
1. Put down the phone. Allowing yourself to fully disconnect means putting your phone down and turning off all notifications to avoid getting pulled back into work. Delete your work email, messaging, and social media apps from your phone when you are on PTO so you can really unplug. A LinkedIn study showed that more than two-thirds of people would contact a colleague about work-related matters while they’re on vacation. As we move into a hybrid work model, it’s increasingly important to allow your colleagues to disconnect and avoid contacting them about work matters while they’re out of the office. Most of the time, it can wait until they’re back.
2. Get outside. Our recent Flex survey revealed that 66% of workers who work from home full-time take at least one break a day for 30 minutes. This is great news—whether you’re working full-time in the office, hybrid, or fully remote, it’s important to prioritize time to step away from the computer and go for a walk, meet a friend for coffee, or pick up an outdoor sport like golf or tennis. Personally, I like to start off my day with a walk around my neighborhood to clear my head for the day ahead and find that I’m able to focus much better on days I do so.
3. Schedule time for rest and relaxation. Taking care of your whole self is so important. If you don’t have any summer vacation plans, that’s ok. Even taking a day or two off can be refreshing. Not only is it vital for employees to recognize that, but employers and decision-makers as well. Especially since 75% of workers demand flexible work, and nearly two-thirds of the workforce would consider searching for a new job to receive greater flexibility in the office. Employers need to encourage employees to set time aside to clear their minds and recharge so they can return to work feeling refreshed. It’s important for employees to see this attitude stem from the top executives. When executives are constantly working and being fully engaged on vacations it sends the wrong impression to the rest of the company.
4. Set physical boundaries. It’s important to keep a separation from your work and personal life, especially since in many cases bedrooms and living rooms have become our offices. Set those boundaries for yourself by clearing off your desk or putting your computer in a drawer when you go on a trip, hit the beach, or are finding time to recharge at home this summer. The out of sight out of mind mentality will allow you to come back more engaged than when you left. It’s increasingly important to set these physical boundaries as we move towards hybrid work and try to unblur the lines between our office and home life.
5. Reconnect with family and friends. The last year and a half was very isolating for some, especially those who lived alone. Now that vaccines are widely rolled out and it’s becoming safer to gather in larger, vaccinated groups, schedule time to reconnect with friends and family for outdoor parties and make up for the lost time in person.
Finding time to unplug on vacation and maintaining self-care is essential for our general well-being. At Fuze, part of our return to office plan is to allow our employees to enjoy the summer by not reopening our offices just yet. We want all our employees to continue feeling strong and empowered to set their own schedules and flexible work arrangements. We encourage everyone to take time off when they need it to recharge, strengthen creativity, and reduce burnout.
How will you disconnect this summer?