Do You Take Your Email On Vacation With You?

from the coping-strategies dept

This isn’t the first time this issue has cropped up, but now that lots of people are heading out of town on vacations, the inevitable question of how do you deal with the email piling up, is showing up again. There are those who “take their email with them,” whether by laptop, mobile device or internet cafe. However, it appears that many people decide that it’s better to just let it all pile up. They know that there will be a big mess when they get back to the office, and it may take a day or two to catch up, but their vacation is a real vacation.

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Bill Curnow (profile) says:


I let email pile up, just as I let phone messages stack up until I get back. I don’t set a “Vacation” message nor do I update my voice mail message.

I do take my cellphone, but only so I can get in touch with my wife if we should head out of different directions during the day. I generally don’t pass out that number, so any call to it will either be my wife, or an emergency.

Director Mitch (user link) says:

Sometimes "Vacation" Isn't

I am on vacation for 11 days, but brought my computer with me and am sitting in a starbucks doing email (and blogging) since business doesn’t stop when I do. So I had to put out a schedule of my “working vacation” days and my “vacation vacation days”.

Am I upset? Not really. After spending a few hours with 40 relatives, it is actually a good excuse to get out of the house and away from everyone for a little while.

Anonymous Coward says:

Re: Email

Seems like those that take laptops & answer email while resting seem to have forgotten what vacation means:

va?ca?tion ( P ) Pronunciation Key (v-kshn, v-)
A period of time devoted to pleasure, rest, or relaxation, especially one with pay granted to an employee.

A holiday.
A fixed period of holidays, especially one during which a school, court, or business suspends activities.
Archaic. The act or an instance of vacating.

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