Happy Vacation Commitment Day!

Today, we pause from our daily grind to mark the first annual Vacation Commitment Day, a day for both employers and employees to acknowledge the importance of taking regular vacations and commit to taking them regularly.

The concept springs from Seattle-based Take Back Your Time, a non-profit organization (sponsored by Diamond Resorts International) working to improve lives by eliminating the epidemic of overwork in America.

The recently launched Vacation Commitment Initiative aims to change the culture around paid vacation in America by fostering corporate support in encouraging employees to take their earned time off. To that end, the organization has created a free Vacation Commitment toolkit, which can be downloaded at TakeBackYourTime.org, and provides turnkey resources for companies to implement the program within their organizations. Employers will have access to an internal communications plan, sample correspondence, tips and discounts on vacations for employees and more.

Another part of the initiative is the Vacation Commitment pledge, which invites employees to sign a petition that signifies their willingness to take all of their paid vacation time this year.

“We know that folks always have the best intentions about taking their time off,” said John de Graaf, President of Take Back Your Time. “We’re hoping that if they actually learn about why it’s important for their mental and physical well-being, and that they take a few moments to sign the petition, they will actually follow through the process of actually taking the time away.”

Now if you will excuse me, I need to go schedule some vacation time of my own…