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A Synchronized Vacation Could Do Wonders for Your Staff’s Mental Health

It sounds counterintuitive, but closing the shop floor would likely boost long-term productivity.

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A recent study by health researchers at Uppsala University found that when Swedes take time off, antidepressant prescriptions go down. They also found the more people vacationed at the same time, the greater the rate at which those prescriptions decreased. It’s not hard to guess why synchronized time off is so powerful; if the workplace is deserted while you’re trying to relax, you’re spared anxious thoughts about tasks piling up or inboxes filling. The take-away? Think about closing the office and production floor for a week and telling everyone to go forget about work. Your staff and you really will come back fully restored.

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