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Take a break, Jake; go relax, Max

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Wait – what? It's a holiday weekend, the last of the summer. Why are you reading this? Take a day off once in a while, for heaven's sake. Your employees will thank you.

If you don’t kick back once in a while, they can’t. They take their lead from the top, they fear your displeasure if they’re not available on demand, and it’s too often true that raises and promotions go to the workaholics.

But not taking a break once in a while is unhealthy and counterproductive. Some companies, according to the Wall Street Journal, are actually instituting mandatory time off.

Vacationing employees usually come back refreshed, re-energized and feeling better about you, too.

But you will thank yourself someday, as well, by setting this good example. Time is precious and goes by too quickly. Here’s a little wake-up call for you:

Beloit College in Wisconsin released its Class of 2018 Mindset List last week. The list, if you recall from past mentions I’ve made, is a reminder for staff and faculty of where the incoming freshman class’s heads are (the “mindset”).

Quick summary: They don’t know who Joe Camel is, cloning has always been scientific fact, there’s always been a WNBA, and Fox News has been in the background all their lives.

Here’s the standout, jaw-dropper for anyone over 40.

Madonna’s daughter, Lourdes, is one of those freshmen. She’s going to the University of Michigan, an interesting, grounded choice for the child of the boundary-breaking pop star who herself is now 56.

It’s a beautiful day. Finish reading this, then get out there and enjoy it.

The week ahead

Big changes are afoot at one of the midstate’s most visible companies. Jason Scott will have the story in this week’s issue.

Also this week, Michael Sadowski brings some perspective to what’s been happening on the local banking scene, and Heather Stauffer takes us behind the scenes at a Lancaster County company lifting its fortunes by lifting others.

And is it too early to think about the next big holiday – Halloween? Not for a number of midstate businesses carving out a growing niche for themselves.

The Inside Business focus is on law and accounting, two more areas where significant change is underway. The lists are on Pennsylvania law schools, family law practitioners and tax preparation firms.

Find the week’s networking opportunities here.

The rewind

I hope you have your copy of this year’s Top 100 Private Companies by now. Don’t miss our exclusive-to-the-Business-Journal board game. Here’s a video peek.

Hope Stephan

Hope Stephan

Hope Stephan is editor of the Central Penn Business Journal. A Pennsylvania native, she is a graduate of Penn State and Xavier University. Have a question or tip for her? Email her at hopes@cpbj.com. Follow her on Twitter, @hstephan. Circle Hope Stephan on .

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