The Importance of Taking a Break: Boost Productivity and Enjoy Your Summer Holidays


WRITTEN BY Tina Miller ON 1 July 2014

According to research carried out by Sage, it is surprising to learn that over 30% of small business owners in the UK did not take a break last year. Strikingly, the smaller the business, the more likely this trend becomes. Ironically, despite working longer hours than the average individual, many small business owners find it challenging to leave their businesses for a break.

However, the belief that staying constantly connected to the business is beneficial is proven to be misguided. Cary Cooper, a professor of organisational psychology and health at Lancaster University Management School, suggests that individuals who immerse themselves in their businesses for extended periods may be causing more harm than good.

Cooper explains, “Continuously working long hours over a sustained period can be destructive. Profound evidence supports the notion that extreme work hours eventually lead to decreased productivity.”

Taking a break from work not only benefits individual productivity and well-being but also has a positive impact on the overall success of a business. When small business owners neglect their own self-care, it can lead to burnout, decreased motivation and a decline in the quality of work produced. By prioritising their well-being and taking a summer holiday, entrepreneurs can return to their businesses with renewed energy, creativity and focus.

Moreover, stepping away from work allows small business owners to gain a fresh perspective on their operations. Distance from the day-to-day tasks and challenges provides an opportunity for reflection and strategic thinking. It enables entrepreneurs to identify areas for improvement, explore new ideas and develop innovative solutions to problems they may have been overlooking in the midst of their busy schedules.

Additionally, taking a break and spending quality time with loved ones can have a profound impact on family relationships. Many SME owners struggle to balance their work commitments with their familial responsibilities. A summer holiday offers a chance to strengthen bonds, create lasting memories and nurture important relationships that may have been neglected due to work demands.

At VOffice, we understand the dilemma faced by small business owners. That’s why our telephone service is designed to support entrepreneurs in finding that crucial work-life balance. By entrusting us with your calls while you enjoy your well-deserved break, you can have peace of mind knowing that your business is still running smoothly. Our experienced receptionists will handle your calls professionally, ensuring that important messages are promptly delivered to you.

So, don’t hesitate to prioritise your own well-being and take that summer holiday. By taking a break, you are not only investing in your personal happiness but also setting the stage for long-term business success. Let VOffice be your trusted partner in maintaining business effectiveness while you enjoy the benefits of relaxation, rejuvenation and quality time with your loved ones.

While a complete “digital detox” is highly recommended, it may not be entirely feasible for everyone. In today’s era, smartphones provide instant access to everything back at home, making it difficult to disconnect completely. The inability to relax on holiday due to constant phone notifications can be a hindrance, but ignoring calls could mean potentially missing out on valuable sales opportunities.

This is where VOffice can assist you in achieving that much-needed break. By availing of our temporary telephone service for as little as £6 per day, you can ensure that your business continues to run effectively while you enjoy a stress-free time away from everyday life at home. Our reliable and experienced staff, with over twenty years in the industry, take pride in the telephone service we provide as the first Virtual Office.

Simply divert your telephone line to our receptionists, who will answer and handle your calls on your behalf. With our unified voicemail messaging, you can receive email alerts and return calls as needed. If you are anticipating important calls, just inform us and we will transfer them to you seamlessly.

There is no need to choose between family time and work obligations. You are free to relish your much-needed break while ensuring your business remains functional. Let VOffice assist you in achieving a harmonious work-life balance.