Eventually, those hours of disconnectedness grow a little longer, and it's these small steps that make being able to completely disconnect for a week's vacation possible. Minella said her process for ensuring that all runs smoothly in her absence addresses three concerns: preparation, team, and mindset.
In preparing for a vacation, executives can let people know that they will be gone and who their escalation point contacts are, said Minella, who puts an auto reply on her email days or even a week before she is going away to alert partners, customers, and colleagues that she'll be out of the office.
Minella echoed the other executives who have come to rely on their teams to be able to handle critical situations. "It's important to be surrounded by people you trust, to be able to offload onto them, and that they are able to make authorizations in your absence," Minella said. She said the keys to building a strong team are "communication, collaboration, and trust."
What's most important in being able to relax and enjoy a vacation, is "being OK with not staying on top of things. In our heads we always think we are working," said Minella. Shifting the mindset to accept that they trust their staff will help them to relax a little bit more.
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