You want and need a holiday, but we know it’s not easy. As the head honcho, MD or small business owner, we understand as much as anyone that it’s hard to allow yourself time off, let alone actually book and keep to your planned break!

A 2014 survey found that the average employee only uses 77% of their annual leave, and almost half do some work whilst on holiday. We all know that time off is good for our own physical and mental health, as well as helping us come back to work refreshed and reenergised. However, putting the laptop and mobile down for a week, is even better for us!

Psychology Today reported a study which showed that taking a holiday and active leisure pursuits helped to improve stress levels of lawyers. Researcher Scott McCabe added that;

“Personal benefits have been found to include: rest and recuperation from work; provision of new experiences leading to a broadening of horizons and the opportunity for learning and intercultural communication; promotion of peace and understanding; personal and social development; visiting friends and relatives; religious pilgrimage and health; and, subjective wellbeing.”

If that all sounds too good to pass up (it does to us!) we’ve got some ideas to help.

Firstly, we recommend reading our blog published this time last year with six tips to ensure everything runs smoothly whilst you’re away; summer loving; tips for marketing automation.

Summer Loving: Tips for Marketing Automation

Summer Loving: Tips for Marketing Automation

Secondly, one of our favourite online accounting tools for small businesses, Freeagent, has today published this checklist for small businesses as a handy reminder;

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Need more help to take that break?

And finally.. are you an agency in need of extra support over the holidays, or a small business owner who needs someone skilled in social media to keep an eye on your pages whilst you’re away? We currently have a few spots open – first come first served! Drop us a line and see if we can help. Don’t forget the suncream!