What You Lose When You Don’t Use Your Paid Time Off

What You Lose When You Don’t Use Your Paid Time Off

Early in her career, Lisa Martin says she was trying so hard to earn her keep and prove herself that she often gave up her allotted vacation, personal sick time and sometimes even lunch hours. One year, she ended up leaving an entire week and a half on the table, and only about 3 of those days rolled over into the next year. “Looking back, I understand why I worked so hard, but I wish I had taken more vacations or at least a couple of 4-day weekends here and there,” she says. “My stress levels were through the roof, my metabolism came to a screeching halt and I gained a ton of weight that I’m still working very hard to shed in my early 30s.” Martin’s experience isn’t unique. According to a study by Oxford Economics for the U.S. Travel Association, U.S. employees lost 169 million days off in 2013 …

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5 Ways to Calm Stress at Work

5 Ways to Calm Stress at Work

When Aon Hewitt, a human resources and management consulting company, polled thousands of employees to find out the source of stress in their lives, the top four reasons all had one source – work. That doesn’t mean most people hate their jobs or are miserable at the office. The reality is anyone who works has probably experienced tension, anxiety and assorted worries related to their work environment from time to time. In fact, the American Psychological Association (APA) points out that even if you absolutely love what you do, your job can include stressful pressures such as having to meet deadlines. Problems develop, however, when stress at work is chronic. And, if you lack coping strategies, it can result in a variety of health woes. According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), chronic stress can trigger digestive symptoms, headaches, sleeplessness, depression, anger and irritability. People who experience stress regularly …

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