A new study confirms what we've long suspected: Vacations are great for mental health and bad for jobs you hate.
The survey, conducted by Monster.com, found 70 percent of people are more likely to look for another job after they return from vacation. The results are based on a poll of more than 1,200 people who visited Monster's website in the U.S. between July and August of this year.
“Vacations are a great time for self assessment. They offer free time, relaxation and detachment from your day-to-day routine,” explained Mary Ellen Slayter, Career Advice Expert for Monster.com, in a press release. She continued:
These factors can significantly improve your ability to diagnose a persisting personal obstacle; they also provide the mental clarity needed to carefully consider the life changes required to remedy the source of your strife. ... Returning after a vacation can be hectic and distracting, but don’t allow yourself to forget what you've discovered during your time off.
The findings couldn't come at a more appropriate time. An earlier survey found U.S. workers are using fewer vacation days this year than they did last year, and still staying in touch to answer emails and check in at the office when they're supposedly off the clock.
Lack of adequate vacations also (at least partially) explains why work stress is on the rise, in addition to other contributing factors like poor pay and increasing workloads.
Looking for an excuse for more vacation days? Here are our 20 favorites. Otherwise, see below for methods to de-stress at your desk