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With the majority of summer vacations now over, employers might want to be prepared for a rash of employee departures, new research shows.
"Vacations are a great time for self-assessment," said Mary Ellen Slayter, a career advice expert for Monster.com. "They offer free time, relaxation and detachment from your day-to-day routine."
Slayter said these factors can significantly improve an employee's ability to diagnose a persisting personal obstacle.
"They also provide the mental clarity needed to carefully consider the life changes required to remedy the source of your strife," she said.
It's the way vacationers feel at the end of the trip that really helps push them toward finding new work, Slayter said.
"As your vacation comes to a close and you are faced with your impending return to work, your disposition can be an important indicator that it's time to make a change," Slayer said. "It's natural to sulk a bit at the end of an enjoyable holiday, but oppressive feelings of dread and anxiety should be cause for concern."
Since many employees feel overwhelmed with work after a vacation, they often lose focus on searching for a new job, Slayter noted.
"Returning after a vacation can be hectic and distracting, but don't allow yourself to forget what you've discovered during your time off," she said.
The study was based on surveys of more than 1,200 job seekers who visited the Monster.com site.