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5 Tips to Make the Most of Summer Work and Fun

Posted by ehutch on July 30, 2009

We’re on a list kick here at YWM.

Summer’s in full swing–are you letting the season of fun take a back burner to your workload?

According to Careerbuilder.com, 15 percent of workers gave up vacation days this summer because they didn’t have time to take them.

5 Tips to Make the Most of Summer Work and Fun

1. Don’t be a gym rat. Just because you pay a monthly membership doesn’t mean you need to be chained to the treadmill! Try to exercise outside at least twice per week.

surfer2. Embrace your lunch break. You can get your daily dosage of vitamin D with just 10 minutes of sun exposure. There’s no shame in taking your lunch break outside with others, instead of in your cubicle.

3. Take a real vacation. Twenty-five percent of workers say they stay in contact with their office over vacation. Do your best to finish all of your work ahead of time and leave specific instructions for constituents while you’re away, so you can trade in your Blackberry for a strawberry daiquiri by the pool. (There’s even a bill in the Congress about this!)

4. Change your schedule. According to an Accenture survey, men are more likely than women to say they take advantage of the opportunity to work from home when offered.  Talk to your boss about the possibility of telecommuting, or ask about implementing a flextime system in your office to more efficiently spend time with family and friends.

5. Plan an event. Summer is a great time to increase office camaraderie. Try forming a recreational softball team, or planning a pot luck cookout after work.

Are you feeling pulled in opposite directions? Support work-life balance as part of your workplace. A donation to Business Professional Women’s Foundation supports advocating for workplace policies that make you and your employer happy…and productive.

For more information on innovative workplace policies, take a look at BPW Foundation’s Successful Workplaces Digest.

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One Response to “5 Tips to Make the Most of Summer Work and Fun”

  1. How about coordinating an office summer salad pot luck? Using the guidelines of cool food, each of you can bring a dish to share, including the recipe. Try a quinoa, roasted veggie and feta cheese combo; arugula and white beans; spinach, pine nuts, diced pears, and raisins; or cherry tomatoes and penne pasta tossed in olive oil and fresh basil. This is a very fun way to sample new dishes that can be prepared ahead of time, and that are light, delicious, and very healthy as well! The bonus is that you get to take home the recipes of your favorite salads to prepare and enjoy with your family and friends. A summer salad pot luck will foster camaraderie and support in the office as everyone participates in healthy eating and socializing.

    Learn more about eating well, partaking in routine physical activity, and bringing balance into your life through mindfulness and relaxation at http://www.heartmatters.pro.

    Enjoy the summer!

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