Wednesday, August 8, 2012
The Panda Bear on Viral Infections and Vacation Time
The Panda Bear has not forgotten her readers. She wants to share this link The Atlantic which states that there are studies that show that workers are more productive at work with time off. The Panda Bear thinks more managers need to read this article.
The article states that the average American gets about 16 "vacation" days and uses about 14 of them. This sounds correct to the Panda Bear based on her experience in the work force. However, the Panda Bear thinks of the 14 vacation days the average American uses, probably only about half are used on genuine vacations with the rest of the time being used for the many chores and errands people can't do because they work during the week. For the Panda Bear "vacation" time includes, time off for physician appointments, looking after sick relatives, preparing for the holidays and taking time off from work due to bad weather.
Many Americans take their "vacation" to visit relatives who live far away. While the Panda Bear is all in favor of seeing family, visiting family can be stressful and the Panda Bear does not consider this to be a true fun relaxing vacation.
For the past three weeks, the Panda Bear has had a virus infection (cold) with a sore throat. The Panda Bear felt very tired, she took one "vacation" day off from work to rest. The sore throat lasted about two weeks. The Panda Bear gets many colds that aren't bad enough (fortunately for her health) to use company "sick" time but they are not true vacation days either. The Panda Bear was hoping to be able to take a long winter vacation. However, the Panda Bear believes her body is telling her to slow down when she gets colds so she is taking some Fridays off for the summer. She will be enjoying the outside fresh air. (The Panda Bear thinks too much time inside buildings causes viruses to spread).
Therefore, while the Panda Bear may be doing shorter posts during the summer, you the dear reader are still foremost in the Panda Bear's heart.