There’s nothing like those budding moments of excitement before heading off on vacation. As a recruiter, you may feel that going on vacation and spending time dipping in and out of emails, making sure candidate interviews are on schedule and keeping up to date with your team go hand in hand. What this really means is that work time eats into your vacation time. This does more harm than good to a number of people in your life.
There’s No Such Thing as ‘Quality Time’
Whether you’re going on a short city break or kicking back on a two-week beach vacation, if you’re going with other people such as family or friends, it’s your prime time to reconnect with the world that exists outside your office cubicle. Spending time answering emails, dealing with candidates, etc. may be your way of keeping the fear of a mounting workload at bay, but it can be a deal breaker for your fellow holidaymakers. In fact, 70% of employees do not disconnect from work while on vacation, with 56% stating that they don’t want to fall behind. It’s not an ideal situation to find yourself in and prioritisation often falls by the wayside when work finds its way into the vacation mix, making those around you feel pushed out of the picture!
A High Time for Team Chaos
In truth, if you have a team supporting you throughout your every endeavour, it makes coming to work every day that bit easier. When it comes to vacation, however, it’s that same team who will most likely add your work to their to-do list in your absence. With varying skill-sets and job descriptions, they may not be fully armed and ready to carry out your tasks. This often means that you like to check in regularly to keep up with what’s happening, to show your support and be on hand should anything go wrong. Essentially, this makes your vacation null and void, as worrying about what’s going on when you’re not there leads you to being extra cautious and overly involved during your relaxation time. From the team’s perspective, they may feel under pressure dealing with the extra workload. When you return to work, the pressure for either party doesn’t stop there as you’ll have to collaborate, hand over and de-brief on what went on while you were away. Although your team may hold you up through tough times, dealing with unfamiliar candidates, reviewing interviews without your input or halting job interviews altogether until you come back, makes their work pile up and they find themselves in a situation they don’t particularly enjoy.
Apart from overshadowing family commitments and attempting to keep your team in a sane state, there’s one person not to be forgotten when it comes to damage control and vacations: you. The very burnout leading you to need a vacation, is likely to be the same one preventing you from taking one. 40% of workers reported difficulty in taking a vacation because they would return to a ‘mountain of work’. All in all, the rising fear of tight deadlines upon your return leads you to continue working throughout your vacation, keep recruitment ticking away and make sure everything runs smoothly. In essence, your vacation becomes anything but a vacation. With no peace of mind or opportunity to truly recoup, you may end up heading back to work in a more tense state than before.
The problems arising around vacation time for recruiters are in plain sight. It affects the well-being of you and your peers. The big question is, is there any worthwhile solution to allow vacations from work and the world of recruitment to actually take place? Sonru recently released an eBook showcasing the problems faced by recruiters before, during and after vacation. The eBook equips you with top tips for using Video Interviewing to avoid stress and to keep recruitment ticking along while you’re unwinding. If the reasons above are enough to stop your vacation plans in their tracks, this eBook is for you, so download it now.