Hi, Ed here:
December 24th seems like a good time to talk about downtime. It's right about now on the calendar where most businesses take a break. Especially the week between Christmas and New Year's. When I had my company we always closed for the week. That meant everyone, not just a few people, could step away and be with family or spend a few days any way they wanted. I also made it a practice to give everyone four weeks of vacation. Everyone.
I wish everyone could and would shut down. I know it is not possible in the world we live in today but time off is essential to health and well-being. If you are a business owner or leader or have influence over people's schedules, please make sure you give your people time to reflect, breathe, and regroup.
I'd like to know how you fit downtime into your schedule. Please share any tips.