3.Your Co-Workers Become Resilient

We all like to feel indispensable at work, but the problem with being the go-to person is that you can never take a work vacation. Just this once, unplug. Let them figure out the answer without you. Ideally, take a trip to a remote cabin with no Internet access or cell phone reception.

If you must check in -- or your boss requests it -- set a designated time when you will be available by phone or email. Make sure you don't look at your email or mobile phone at any other moment of your holiday!

One working mom who used this technique retrieved two voice mails. The first was her colleague in a panic, looking for an answer to an urgent question. The second was a few hours later from the same person, happily telling the mom to enjoy her vacation since they'd figured out the problem without her.

Now, when that mom returns to the office, her co-workers will be more resilient and independent. She'll be able to get more focused work time throughout the year since she's not holding hands. In fact, the whole team can be more productive.

4.You Return With New Energy

Work burnout is no laughing matter. You can seriously impair your creativity and productivity by slogging through the entire year without a break from long hours and a heavy workload.

That's why we all need a work vacation, to give our minds a rest from the issues we face every day in our jobs. We return to the work place with new energy, enthusiasm and even a fresh idea or two for tackling problems.

Who knows, you might even discover that you enjoy your job again, after a little time away.

5.Life Is Short

Have I convinced you yet? If not, remember that nobody ever lay on her death bed wishing for more time at the office.

We should enjoy life while we're living it. What a waste of our short time on this earth to spend it all cooped up behind a desk or counter. Remember that we work to live -- not live to work.