Studies show that Americans have a bad habit taking their work with them when they have time off. If you’re one of these people, it may be time for a weekend disconnect.
The Opposite Effect
We all want to be successful. We want to impress the boss. Maybe we want to earn a few extra dollars, or simply prove that we can get the job done. Ironically, working too much often has the opposite effects. Fatigue and stress are two of the most significant factors contributing to low productivity. In fact, research indicates that people who take the time to relax and disconnect are not less productive than those who overwork. Actually, they are often even more productive.
It has been estimated that the cost to American business of work-related stress, in the form of absenteeism and lost productivity, can be as much as $300 billion each year. So, when the weekend rolls around, you’re actually doing yourself and your company a favor by switching off, tuning out, and enjoying a little sunshine for a change.
For more on the science behind the importance of the weekend disconnect, and how to do it properly, be sure to check out this infographic from NetCredit. You work hard all week. The weekend is for relaxation, recreation, and family.
So, how will your weekend go? Will you enjoy your time off? Or will you spend a significant portion of the time working?