A common theme that is present both around the United States and around the world is people being dissatisfied with the amount of time they get off work. This is especially true when it comes to life events, notably honeymoon trips. Your wedding is one of the most important days of your life, so you should be offered sufficient time afterward to vacation to your heart's content. Many people around the world have recently taken to fighting for longer vacation times. Here are ten reasons why employees serve extra vacation time for their honeymoons and other life events.
A good employer will care about his or her employees on a personal level, and the most basic thing he or she can offer to be personal is time off after a wedding. Honeymoon vacation time is usually a given, but sometimes you have to negotiate for it. If you do not have those extra days in your contract, many bosses are accommodating about situations such as these, but sometime the particularly tough ones will be stiff and unflinching. Break out your best negotiation tactics by ensuring your boss what a great worker you are and how much harder this will incentivize you to work.
As mentioned above, extra vacation time will likely incentivize an employee to work harder and be more dedicated to his or her job. It is easier to be invested in something when you fell cared for and are able to take breaks when you need to. The typical office setting is not kind to people mentally. Feelings of despair and anxiety often set in after long periods of working in the same space. If you have a good boss, he or she will understand this, and he or she should give you extra time off for your honeymoon.
It is fairly obvious how extra vacation time can increase your mental health, but there have been scientific studies that have linked more vacation time with less chance of heart problems down the line. These benefits set in with as few as two separate vacations per year, which a honeymoon could provide. This happens because vacations take people away from the stresses of their jobs. Stress is bad for the heart, so any way to reduce that stress is going to be beneficial for your health.
Maybe this point should not be taken into consideration because it mixes work life with personal life too heavily, but the financial expenses surrounding marriage are astronomical. So, a paid vacation around the time of marriage is one of the most welcome rewards for most people. Engagement rings, wedding expenses, and honeymoon costs will almost always total thousands of dollars each. The discussion of fairness is likely to crop up around this point, but as long as everyone is compensated with the same amount of vacation time at some point, companies can remain as just as possible.
Many companies list creativity as one of the most desirable traits an employee can have. So, what better way to promote creativity than to allow and even encourage your employees to go on adventurous vacations when they have a reason to? Honeymoon adventures to exotic destinations are likely to be some of the most interesting days of a person's life, which is more than enough to get the creative juices flowing. Think about the last time you saw the majesty of a mountain or the beauty of a beach and the creativity it inspired within you.
It might seem counterintuitive that spending more time away from work can increase your job performance, but it may be true. There has been scientific data to suggest that people who take more frequent vacations generally do better in performance reviews. This is likely from a combination of the benefits listed above improving performance across the board. However, it is worth noting that it may be the case that bosses are more willing to give more vacation time to those who already frequently do well on performance reviews. It is a classic case of correlation not necessarily equalling causation.
Sometimes, asking for time off for your honeymoon or any other reason is a simple matter of timing. Most companies have one or more times every year that are especially busy, and those times are not ideal for more vacation time. However, during the downtimes, not every person is necessary every day. During busy times, the absence of an important person in the office can be detrimental, but during the offseason, it is easier for other employees to cover the work that would normally be delegated to the absent person.
One thing that working citizens have been striving for in the past several hundred years is taking power away from the employer and giving it to the employee. People need good working conditions that can provide comfortable lives. Some countries are working toward or have already implemented a four-day workweek, and the benefits have been demonstrable. This is a demonstration of what can happen when employees have power over their own workplaces instead of leaving everything up to the upper management. The United States is lagging behind in this regard, but with enough support, the country can get there eventually.
One of the depressing realities of today's society is that blue-collar and wage workers are unable to take vacations due to both financial instabilities and relentless work environments. Even if the United States eventually solves the problem of wealth inequality and makes living more comfortable for everyone, there is still the problem of unfair scheduling for wage workers. It is nearly impossible to get any significant amount of vacation time, which can quickly lead to burnout and an unhappy life. These workers deserve vacations for major life events just as much as everyone else does.
One of the main reasons that lower-class workers find it more difficult to take time off is because of retaliation. In other words, the companies they work at punish or replace them. Since unskilled workers are plentiful and easy to replace, even taking a week off is enough time for the company to hire someone else to work in your place. While direct retaliation is illegal, malicious companies still find ways around those laws, commonly by decreasing a worker's hours to an unsustainable level until he or she is forced to find a new job to sustain him or herself.
The American workplace culture is an unforgiving space. It can be difficult to ask for time off, and it can be even more difficult to be granted the time that you ask for. However, your wedding is one of the most important days of your life, and you should not have to sacrifice your dream honeymoon for fear of losing your job. Thankfully, the developed world seems to be moving toward a more progressive workplace culture, but it is still moving too slowly for many people. Hopefully, your boss is reasonable and you can negotiate a fair number of vacation days with him or her.
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