Time Off An Essential Part of Doing Business

Workplace studies have shown that vacations are essential to keeping people happy and productive at work. Vacations promote creativity by helping us reconnect with ourselves. They also help stave off burnout, reduce stress, keep family relationships strong (essential for maintaining motivation and a positive attitude at work), and improve quality of life. Yet many jewelers—especially smaller organizations—have no vacation, sick day, or personal day policies in place. Regardless of the size of your business, labor laws require you to have a formal policy detailing your vacation, sick day, and personal day guidelines. Even if you don't take full advantage of these policies, it's important that you offer them to your employees. And you should never penalize them or make them feel guilty for wanting to take time off that they're entitled to. Health experts say up to half of all emplo

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