Take Vacation – For Everyone’s Sake

July 19, 2018

by Ellie Hodgkins

Unfortunately, more than half of America’s workers left 705 million unused vacation days on the table last year, according to Project: Time Off’s 2018 State of American Vacation report.  The primary reason?  They fear returning to a mountain of work.

While sacrificing time off may seem like a great way to get ahead, the research indicates workers who took 11 or more vacation days were more likely to have received a raise or a bonus in the previous three years than workers who took 10 or fewer days.  Additionally, taking more vacation time leads to greater productivity.  In fact, you can thank vacation time for the creation of Instagram and Hamilton.

Leaders should encourage their teams to make a strategic vacation plan, including a plan for delegating tasks while they are out of the office.  This reduces the likelihood of “work martyrdom” and ensures employees get the most of their time off without negatively impacting the business.

Luckily, Curley & Pynn offers a generous vacation policy that affords us each time to relax, unplug and check items off our personal to-do lists.  Just this summer, our team members have enjoyed theme park thrills, visited loved ones in other states and countries, and bummed it at the beach – and our office has not (yet) burned down.

Thanks to our clients and colleagues for supporting this much-needed rest and relaxation.  We encourage you to do the same!

Alex go-carting with Oklahoma friends in Alabama.

Connie flying solo to Houston, Texas.

Kacie and her husband Juan visiting “The Bean” on their trip to Chicago in June.

Ellie setting sail on a Bahamian cruise.

Liz and her sister taking a break to think things through at Universal Orlando Resort.

Karen visiting friends and her former host family in Rodadero Beach, Santa Marta, Colombia.

Bailey catching up with family at their Atlanta reunion in June.

The view from Dan’s rental home, billed as “Heaven’s Balcony.”

Roger and his wife Shelley in Monte Carlo.  “Time off should be mandatory!  Vacations refresh the soul.”

Heather’s daughter meeting Mickey Mouse for the first time.  “Vacations are about capturing special moments that live on in your heart.”


Five Questions with Ellie Hodgkins

March 6, 2018

by Ellie Hodgkins

Ellie Hodgkins joined us just three weeks ago as a communications specialist and has already become an integral member of the team.  An experienced producer and supervisor for the Home Shopping Network and marketing consultant for Art & History Museums – Maitland, Ellie offers expertise in marketing communications, event planning, merchandising and business development.

Read on to learn more about Ellie, a passionate philanthropist and proud UCF Knight:

What motivated you to pursue a career in public relations?

As a born communicator, I’ve found that public relations is a perfect fit. Very often, I am an unwitting influencer to friends and family when products, actions and innovations excite me.  Why not do that professionally?  What interests me most about this industry is uncovering the underlying motivations behind communication and endorsing worthwhile community efforts.

Is this what you wanted to do when you were little?  If not, what did you want to do when you were little?

My first ambition was to be a mountain-climbing ballerina, but as fate would have it, I’m not very coordinated.  After that, I wanted to be a greeting card writer or product demonstrator.  The latter was realized when I worked for the Home Shopping Network and got to produce demonstration segments.  My foray into television led to an interest in documentary film-making, a passion I continue to pursue in my free time. Now, my career path has come full-circle; understanding what makes someone tick is at the heart of both documentaries and public relations.

What’s one fun fact about you that most people don’t know?

I am allergic to cold.  Yes, the temperature.  I guess that means I’m a Florida girl through and through!

If we looked in your office drawer, what would we find?

Notebooks, folders and snacks.  I’m extremely organized.  And hungry.

If you could have dinner with anyone in the world, who would it be?

There are so many feminist icons who would fit the bill, but at the end of the day, I’d have to say John Waters.  He is not only a director, comedian, author and artist whom I admire, but his work has pushed boundaries and opened the door to a more inclusive world.


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