Take a Break! Why Rest and Renewal Are Still Critical in a Pandemic

//Take a Break! Why Rest and Renewal Are Still Critical in a Pandemic

Take a Break! Why Rest and Renewal Are Still Critical in a Pandemic

Now many construction professionals are working from home, the idea of taking a vacation may seem strange. Meanwhile, a lot of people have opted not to travel during the pandemic. But even if you aren’t going on a destination vacation, it is still crucial to take time off from work and rest. Below are some reasons why rest and renewal are still critical in a pandemic.

You Need a Break from the Stress

Due to the pandemic, many professionals are experiencing more stress and anxiety than usual. Moreover, a lot of individuals are working longer hours and taking fewer breaks. Many are stressed about the state of the world, and they’re worried about their own job security. With stress levels at all-time highs, construction professionals might need to take a step back from work and relax. Even a short vacation can help the brain rejuvenate, which, in turn, will improve your mental well-being and focus and help prevent burnout.

Downtime Will Improve Productivity

Taking time to detach from work will allow you to perform at a higher level. Modern technology has already blurred the boundary between work life and home life, yet this has gotten even worse during the pandemic. Working non-stop has a negative effect on productivity over time. If you work yourself to the point of exhaustion, you will lose the ability to work fast and stay on task. It can also be detrimental to creativity. Rest and rejuvenation is essential to keep yourself working at full capacity.

Maintain Your Motivation

If you go too long without taking a vacation, you can start to lose motivation. After a while, you might begin dreading work every day and the work itself can stop being engaging. When you return from a vacation, you often feel more inspired and motivated, especially if your vacation allows you to indulge in creative activities. Work is hard to appreciate when it is all you do, so regular vacation and leisure time will help you feel more connected to your work in the long run.

Because of the pandemic, many construction professionals are working harder than ever. Many are working longer hours, while others are working extra to compensate for career-related anxiety. Now more than ever, it is important that professionals take time off from work and allow themselves to rest. In doing so, they will prevent burnout, decrease stress, and improve productivity.


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By | 2020-09-14T17:07:58-04:00 September 17th, 2020|Construction Blog|

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The Birmingham Group has been serving the construction industry since 1967. Brian Binke took over the firm in 1995 and since that time, he has personally placed over 1200 construction managers and senior leaders, with company revenues ranging from $10 million dollars to the largest ENR 400 companies in the industry. Brian is an industry innovator, with a specialized skillset in construction. His keen understanding of business, the construction industry, and ability to effectively match and recruit top leaders has led to many accolades. He was ranked the #1 International Billing Owner in the construction industry for his own personal production and has been consistently recognized as one of the Top 10 International Billing Owners out of 800 owners worldwide. This includes owners across every industry. In 2013, Brian was awarded the #1 International Billing Owner within the entire network. For over two decades, Brian has been considered one of the most influential thought leaders in the construction industry. His business and construction knowledge are used as a resource for some of the nation’s most prominent publications. In the past year alone, Brian has been quoted in or authored articles for The Wall Street Journal, CBS News, MoneyWatch, Construction Today, ConstructionDive, United Rentals, Fast Company, Entrepreneur Magazine, American Express, Builder Magazine, and Human Resource Executive, among others. "I believe companies are a lot like sports teams. The team with the best players usually wins. It is my passion to deliver the absolute best talent to my client companies – the market’s top performers, the talent that every company wants to hire but which seldom seems available. To put it simply, I thrive on helping my clients build their Dream Team." - Brian Binke, The Birmingham Group

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