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When to log off: Making the most of your summer vacation

making the most of summer vacation

It’s no secret that the majority of Americans are “workaholics.” According to CNBC, nearly half of U.S. workers put in over 50 hours of work per week without extra pay.

Constantly being on the clock can make it hard for you to log off when it’s time for a vacation.

A report from the U.S. Travel Association reveals 212 million vacation days were unused in 2018, which is an equivalent to $62.2 billion in lost benefits. This year, reports show 4% of Americans will not ask for personal time off this year at all — even though their companies offer it.

Your paid time off (PTO) is part of your compensation package and taking advantage of those benefits can make you more productive in the long run. We know it can be hard for some to take time off, and can be even harder to unplug and de-stress while on vacation. Sometimes work is just unavoidable, but we’ve listed a few strategies below to make your experience seamless.

Here are some helpful ways to make the most of your OOO status and enjoy your vacation:

Before you go:

  • Don’t over-commit. A Glassdoor survey reveals that 66% of Americans admit to working while on vacation. If you know you’re heading out of town, don’t take on new projects when you know you won’t be able to finish them. Be honest with yourself before promising due dates and give yourself enough time to complete the task. If a project is left unfinished, tag in a colleague to assist well in advance.
  • Write an effective out-of-office email. You probably already know that it’s proper business protocol to set an OOO email if you’re unavailable during work hours. Perfect your OOO email by keeping it short and sweet. List the dates you’ll be out, a point of contact and when you’ll be returning. Wired.com recently shared these useful tips for crafting the perfect OOO email.
  • Be mindful of adding to your coworkers’ workloads. More than half of America’s workers say filling in for a colleague can be a “significantly stressful event.” To keep from doubling your teams’ workloads, plan for who will handle your tasks/projects while you’re out. You’ll want to provide your coworkers with all the documents/emails/information so it’s easier for them to help you. They will appreciate how seamless you made it for them to fill your shoes (and might return the favor when it’s time for their own PTO). 

While you’re gone:

  • Turn off email notifications on your phone. Turn off all notifications on your phone so you’re not distracted while trying to relax. Receiving a constant stream of notifications from your inbox will make you feel anxious and pressured to respond right away.
  • Don’t talk about work. According to a Glassdoor survey, 14% of responders said a family member or loved one complained about their workload while on vacation. Your workaholic tendencies can affect your family’s vacation time, too. Enjoy your time away and be present in the moment.
  • Limit your email check-ins. Give yourself boundaries when it comes to checking your emails. This Fast Company article recommends you allow yourself 15 minutes in the morning and evening to check emails while on vacation. Checking in periodically, but not spending too long engaging, can help manage your work-related anxiety.

When work comes up while OOO, these tools can help. We know vacations can’t always be 100% work-free. Luckily, there are plenty of tools to make those situations easier and help you get back to enjoying your time off.

  • The Pomodoro technique is a useful time management tool that uses 25 minute time-block intervals to teach you how to work with time instead of against it. Working and taking breaks in segments can help you prioritize your workload in a more efficient way (and remind you when it’s time to get back to your vacation).
  • Boomerang allows you to schedule or snooze emails ahead of time on both Gmail and Outlook. Pretty handy option to use while on vacation so you can schedule emails for a later time and return to your trip activities.
  • InsureSign (the No. 1 e-signature software for usability) makes it simple to get any document signed from wherever you are. Just realized you forgot to get a contract signed before heading to the beach? Then quickly hop online, and send it off for signing electronically in seconds with InsureSign. (The final digitally-signed document will automatically be emailed back to you, so it’ll be sitting in your box when you’re back from OOO time.)  Start your risk-free 14-day trial today by clicking here.

Although it may seem counterintuitive, taking the time you need to truly unplug can reap major dividends for your mental health, enhance your productivity and ultimately, set you up for success. So go ahead: book a flight and pack a bag. It’s good for you.

Meet Scrub Daddy’s secret for securing signatures swiftly


E-signature software and Scrub DaddyIf you watch “Shark Tank,” then you know that many brilliant entrepreneurs have found start-up success from the show.

But no product on “Shark Tank” has been as successful as Scrub Daddy.

Scrub Daddy’s original “smiley-faced” scrubber is now one among a full line of high-performance cleaning products. The company has reached more than $170 million in sales!

Aaron Krause, founder of “America’s Favorite Sponge,” recently took time to speak with us at InsureSign about how our e-signature software (ranked No. 1 for usability) has helped make life easier for the busy Scrub Daddy team (and for Aaron personally).

InsureSign: Before switching to InsureSign, how did you get documents signed?

Aaron: It was very complicated. It was either via fax, or we’d have to sign, scan and send back (and often the signed document wasn’t acceptable because it wasn’t readable or required a “wet” signature). I also used to save my signature as a JPEG and insert it into a PDF. Once I discovered InsureSign, it was transformative. I was doing it wrong before.

InsureSign: How is the Scrub Daddy team using InsureSign?

Aaron: The majority of our high volume signing needs are for NDAs (non-disclosure agreements) and CDAs (confidential disclosure agreements). We’ve also been using InsureSign for higher-level documents, like signatures on leases. I also use it personally, outside of the business, for lease and rental agreements.

InsureSign: What have been the biggest benefits to using our e-signature software?

Aaron: Now, with InsureSign, my employees can send documents out for signature, and I’m copied on the emails so I know when everything has been signed.  It saves me a lot of time from sending documents out for signing myself (since my employees can send them out on my behalf) and I’m copied on them. Also, having the signed documents in electronic format, and not having to file them somewhere, makes it easy to access everything electronically at any time – and also see in one place when it was signed.

Also, the customer service is really good, and Joe (InsureSign’s CEO) personally reached out to make sure we were happy. It looks like you all care about customer service, and we care about our customers the same way.

InsureSign: Thanks so much for choosing InsureSign, Aaron! We’re all running out to load up on Scrub Daddy products now.

 

If you’d like to see how you can use InsureSign to simplify your signing process too, visit https://insuresign.com/sign-up-prices to start a free 14-day trial (no credit card required).

Managing millennial burnout at work

As a millennial, you’re probably tired of hearing about how your generation is lazy, entitled and the root of several industry collapses.

millennial burnout

That’s why the latest viral Buzzfeed piece probably came as a breath of fresh air. It’s not that you’re entitled… you’re just burnt-out.

Many millennials report feeling paralyzed by high-effort, low-reward tasks, like registering to vote or taking packages to the post office. Those tasks end up getting pushed to the next day’s to-do list, then the next, then the next… until you’re left with a list so overwhelmingly long that you can’t fathom where to start.

According to the above article, that’s why many millennials prefer to manage menial tasks digitally.

So, how can you best cope with millennial burnout in the workplace? By automating and simplifying manual to-dos.

InsureSign, the top-ranked e-signature software, is here to help.

InsureSign is the simplest, fastest way to set up and send off documents for electronic signatures. Trusted by thousands of businesses of all sizes across North America, InsureSign lets your customers easily sign your documents from their laptops, tablets and mobile devices.

Cut out the FedEx middleman
Getting forms signed can be a headache. You have to print and prepare documents, ship them out, pay the hefty shipping costs and then wait for the documents to be sent back. All the while, you’re crossing your fingers that your signer doesn’t overlook a signature field…  because if he or she does miss one, you’ll be starting the process all over again.

Simplify the process by switching to the easiest-to-use e-signature platform on the market. With InsureSign, you can set up a document for secure digital signing and start collecting signatures in seconds. You’ll cut out those substantial shipping costs entirely, and InsureSign will make sure your documents are complete before you get them back.

Put an end to awkward follow-up calls
Tired of making awkward follow-up calls because you’re waiting for someone to sign a document you sent them? With a click, you can schedule daily or weekly auto reminders from InsureSign that’ll keep hitting the person’s email until they’ve submitted the signed document.

Say goodbye to time-consuming, repetitive tasks
Your time is limited, so don’t waste your most productive hours completing the same repetitive tasks. InsureSign’s reusable form feature allows you to turn any document you might regularly need signed into a reusable URL that you can send out to as many people as you’d like. Stop getting burnout from long hours, and start literally securing signatures in your sleep.

Bypass cluttered email inboxes with text messaging
Your email inbox is already probably overflowing, which means your customer’s inbox probably is, too. With InsureSign’s premium plan, you can enjoy a host of additional time- and effort-saving features, including text-message signing that allows you to reach your customers quickly while on-the-go (and helping you strike it from your endless list of to-dos).

Take the first step in conquering your millennial burnout by switching to InsureSign, the e-signature software that streamlines your day. Start a risk-free 14-day trial and start taking back your time by clicking here.

Four Reasons You Shouldn’t Get Documents Signed Electronically

We often talk about the benefits of using an e-signature software.  But why should you avoid one and get your documents signed the old-fashioned way?  If any of these four reasons apply to you, maybe an e-signing tool like InsureSign isn’t right for you.

Reason 1: You love spending time faxing, scanning and mailing documents for signing.

Do you love the logistics of paperwork? Wish you had more items to print, sign, scan and repeat? Our software eliminates the need to manually process paperwork, so if that sounds like you… an electronic-signature tool like InsureSign isn’t for you.

Reason 2: You enjoy calling your customers multiple times to remind them to sign your paperwork.

Do you live for having the same conversations over and over again? If you don’t find follow-up phone calls awkward and time-consuming, then InsureSign isn’t for you, either. InsureSign’s automated follow-up emails save our customers the hassle of following up by phone or email, so if you enjoy leaving voicemails… well, more power to you.

Reason 3: You would miss the experience of customers sending back your contracts with signatures missing.

Who doesn’t love getting an agreement back with missing signature, initial, or check box fields? A lot of people, that’s who. However, we’re not here to judge—if you don’t want InsureSign to prevent your customers from sending back incomplete forms, that’s your prerogative.

Reason 4: You like that it takes days or weeks to get signed documents back.

If you like to wait, you’d better stay away from InsureSign. Our software makes it easy to get documents signed in minutes. We’re told that patience is a virtue, after all.

If that doesn’t sound like you, then perhaps you should consider an e-signature tool after all! Our software is the easiest way to get your documents signed, with automated features designed to save you time and hassle. With our simple three step process, you can be up and running in no time.

Try it out, risk-free, with a free 14-day trial from InsureSign.