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Yes, You Should Take a Vacation in the Middle of a Pandemic

Burning out is much worse than taking a few days off.


Illustration: Oscar Bolton Green for Bloomberg Businessweek

It’s hard to know if it’s acceptable to take a vacation amid a pandemic and downsizing. Where are you going to go? Will your job be there when you get back?

We surveyed dozens of managers and business owners, and their advice is clear: Unless you’re just returning from a furlough, take your vacation days. “It is extremely important,” says Tiffany Glenn, vice president for human resources at payroll and HR services provider ADP. “HR should be advising time away, even if you are not visiting a destination.”