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Workplace: Use it or Lose it

“Use it or Lose it” can be applied to a variety of life situations. From muscle use to vacation days, use it or lose it applies.

Some companies allow vacation day accrual, some don’t. Some organizations allow employees to donate their vacation days to others who may be dealing with medical issues and need paid time off. Still other organizations “force” employees to take time off every year to be certain that down-time is being taken advantage of. Whatever your vacation day scenario is, use it to your best advantage.

Have you talked to your HR department or contact person recently to find out how much vacation time you have available? If not, check in to be certain that you will not lose your paid-for days off.

Use it or lose it can also apply to thinking and problem-solving skills. As in: if you don’t keep using the brainpower you have, it will atrophy, and you will lose it.

Dozens of skills can fall into the use it or lose it conversation: music, languages, physical skills of any kind, creativity, industry-specific skills, and more. While some skills come back to us after a period of not using them, many skills can diminish to the point of our needing to relearn them.

What workplace and/or leisure skills are you regularly using so that you don’t lose them?

Workplace: Managing the moments of our day-to-day business lives takes work. Together, let’s explore what issues and activities affect us every day (or some days) that we go to work. – Jana

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