Why Every IT Leader Needs a Summer Vacation

By Robert Half March 21, 2017 at 3:00pm

Getting time away from the office is necessary for everyone, and a summer vacation can be particularly special because it’s the midpoint of the year. It’s an opportunity to step back, relax and recharge for the second half of the year.

When I take a summer vacation, my first priority is spending time with my family and having fun, but I often also consider what rest of the year will bring back at the office. It's a good time to evaluate my own remaining business goals, as well as my team's.

Sometimes when away from the office, we’re given the freedom to step back and think creatively about our jobs. In quiet moments, while lounging by the pool or reading that book that’s been on your list for months, you may be like me and consider shifting priorities as you enter the second half of the year. Or maybe you think about the need to focus on particular initiatives in your business to achieve your 2017 objectives.

Is your team ready for the next six months?

As top managers know, your success is largely impacted by the people you surround yourself with, so one thing to reset could be your hiring strategy. Midyear is a great time to assess the overall strength and depth of your staff — and relaxed time away from them can give you a fresh perspective. You may have open positions that you’re struggling to fill or are chronically open from turnover, or maybe you have rapidly approaching deadlines without the IT pros needed to finish the jobs. Consider upcoming project needs and how your IT job postings could change, taking a realistic view of the duties, expectations and compensation levels you’re offering to determine if they properly align.

Get a sense of what the hiring market looks like right now. Robert Half Technology’s Hiring Index for the first half of 2017 can be a good barometer of how competitive the IT hiring market is this year. (Look for our 2017 report for the second half of the year in June.) Check out this video highlighting other competitive hiring markets and what IT skills are most in demand.

 

 

Recalibrate your approach

It may not be feasible to shut down your email entirely, but looking for ways to limit checking work messages to once a day while you're away can certainly make it more manageable. I’ve also found summer vacations are a great time to invest in yourself with some good business reading that can help you change your approach to solving the work problems at hand. (I recently ran across a really good list of career books perfect for summer reading.)

I’ve seen the fallout from managers who don’t fully take advantage of their time off. A summer break can benefit both your business and career by giving you a chance to come back with a fresh outlook and revitalized focus. So find a way to get some valuable time away from the office this summer if at all possible, even if it’s just an extended weekend, and use it as an opportunity to not only recharge your batteries, but also reset your priorities.

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Note: This post has been updated to reflect more current information.

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