Career break


Career break, that is a few months rest from work enabling better regeneration and preventing burnouts, are becoming more and more popular in Poland.

In Western Europe, USA and Australia, career break has been successfully applied for years. In Poland, this phenomenon aroused the greatest interest among the highest class managers. Career break lasts one month, sometimes three months, and sometimes even longer. Such rest is needed, for instance, in case of higher manager class, that is people who are responsible not only for their work but also for other people. Career break is nothing new now. In order to take a vacation, even a three-month, we can ask and discuss this matter with a boss – believes Izabela Kielczyk, business psychologist and chairman in Pracownia Psychoterapii.


The approach of employers to such a long vacation is changing. They notice that a well-rested employee is more productive, works more efficiently and has more patient for clients. Sometimes they convince their subordinates to go for a leave which is entitled to them, even on a longer one.


An additional facility in an after-vacation adjustment to work is an approval for couple of lighter days enabling assimilation. This approach is consistent with a standpoint of psychologists who emphasize that everyone needs some time for so called start-up in order to get used to his duties and rhythm of a day. The time which is needed to start working efficiently is depended on a person – sometimes it may last few days and sometimes even a week.


More and more superiors realize that a good employee is a well-rested employee and also an employee who has some time for adjusting to a work mode. Some years ago, there was a common conviction that when a vacation ends up on Sunday, an employee will come back to work the following day and will start working just like before his holidays. It is simply unreal – convinces Izabela Kielczyk. – We cannot switch on a work mode just after relaxing. Our organism and psychology demand some break after a leave and only on the third or on the fourth day we will begin to work in the same way as we used to before our holidays – explains Izabela Kielczyk.

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