04 July 2016 16:01:25 IST

Holiday often? You may stand a better chance of a promotion

Taking a vacation may actually increase the likelihood of getting a raise or a promotion, says Shawn Achor

Time to stop being guilty about taking regular vacations. In fact, if you want to improve the quality of your work, it may help to take regular vacations.

“You’ll actually get worse at your job if you don’t have intervals of rest amid the stress,” says Scott Edinger, founder of the Edinger Consulting Group. “It’s like working one muscle too hard. If you neglect to rest that muscle, it begins to fatigue and will ultimately weaken.” And because we are so over-stimulated through the day — being bombarded with email 24x7, checking Facebook constantly on our phones, or following round-the-clock news coverage — “we’ve lost even the micro-moments during the day” that give our brains a rest, says Shawn Achor, author of The Happiness Advantage. “Our brains never have the bandwidth to actually recharge or rejuvenate.”

Writing in Harvard Business Review , Achor says many people limit their happiness and success by thinking that taking time off from work often will put off their bosses and hamper their career advancement. But research says that the exact opposite is true.

Taking a vacation can actually increase the likelihood of getting a raise or a promotion, he says in “Are the people who take vacations the ones who get promoted?” Read the full article here .