How to Take a Vacation and Keep Running Your Restaurant

Nervous about taking time off? You’re not alone.

Today’s “always-on” work culture makes it hard to actually use the time off you’ve earned (and deserve). In fact, Americans left 662 million vacation days on the table in 2016.¹ Even in a fast-moving restaurant environment, the following tips can help keep things running smoothly while you enjoy some much-needed rest and relaxation.

Organize your staff

The first step to success is getting on the same page with your staff. Here’s how to do just that:

  • Meet with supervisors to discuss their roles and responsibilities while you’re away
  • Hold office hours in the weeks leading up to your time off
  • Divvy up administrative tasks
  • Identify who to contact in the event of an emergency

Set boundaries and stick to them

It’s tempting to sneak a peek at your inbox or call to check up on the restaurant while you’re away. To ensure your eyes don’t stay glued to your phone the entire time, try one of two options:

  • Schedule a set time or day to check in 
  • Still focusing on work? Ask someone to hang onto your phone for the better part of the day so you can truly disconnect

Plan around holidays

Schedule time off when business is slow to help lighten the load for the rest of your staff. Better yet, Grubhub for Restaurants offers the ability to remotely set restaurant holiday hours so you can stay connected while traveling.

Experts say giving work a rest when you head on vacation can make you more resilient in the face of stress and even boost productivity and engagement upon your return. You’ve earned that vacation time — don’t let it go to waste.

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¹Project: Time Off Coalition