The festive season is upon us and, for the
hard-working executive, it’s time for a well-deserved break. What a shame it
would be to return to work feeling like you didn’t get away at all. To help you
squeeze the most from your holiday, three directors from Signium Africa, an
executive search firm based in Sandton, share their top tips for quality R
Van Rensburg, Director: Executive Search – Get away completely
People sometimes find it easier to stay at
home and spend their Christmas visiting family and friends. There’s no travel
planning involved and they can set up spontaneous get togethers. But research
shows if you want a proper rest, it’s better to get away completely.
You can’t have a real vacation if
everything in your environment reminds you of business pressures and family
responsibilities. You don’t have to go overseas, just somewhere different. It
could be a game lodge in the bush, a holiday at the coast, camping by a dam, or
simply staying in an unfamiliar town.
So, if you’re a busy executive, treat your
partner, your kids and yourself to a new experience. There will be plenty time
for inlaws, friends and business when you get back.
Selekisho, Director: Executive Search – Pace your vacation time
Try to break your holiday into three
phases: relaxation for winding down; rejuvenation for enjoying yourself; and
reactivation to prepare for your return. Ideally, you need three weeks – one
for each phase – but if you have less time, divide it into these stages anyway.
As a competitive leader, your first
instinct might be to jump on a jet ski or go skydiving. Rather opt for a good
massage at the local spa, sunbathing on the beach, or anything else that lets
your body rest and your mind drift. You need this.
By the second phase, you’re ready to get
out and have as much fun as possible, having forgotten other concerns. In the
third phase, you can still have fun while making time to dream of what the new
year holds in store and any positive actions you intend to take on your return.
Moss, Director: Assessments – Take a digital vacation
Our devices have become a part of our daily
lives so it’s difficult to switch off and disconnect for any period of time,
especially for the always-on executive. Even going on holiday, we use our
phones for electronic flight boarding, booking into hotels, hailing
ride-sharing services, finding interesting dining and entertainment venues,
taking photos and more.
Yet, the more disconnected your vacation,
the quicker you’ll be able to settle into the holiday spirit. Try these tips:
leave your devices at home – you, your partner and your kids. Take only a
single phone for emergencies, preferably with a new SIM, and share the number
with a select few contacts. And switch it off when you’re not using it. For
taking photos, bring along a digital camera so there’s no excuse to check
emails in between.
Have a great holiday
In a nutshell, disconnect digitally, mentally and physically to get the most from your vacation. Finally, from all of us at Signium, have a very Merry Festive Season and a Happy New Year.
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