Vacation? What's That?

from the we-don't-need-no-steenkin'-vacations dept

It seems like our always-on lifestyle continues to kill off the idea of vacation time. We've had stories in the past about how people tend to still check in with work while on vacation, in part to avoid having to deal with a huge stressful pile of things to do when they return. The latest study suggests this trend is continuing as the idea of the completely disconnected vacation is disappearing. Many people don't take all of the vacation time offered to them. Plenty of people never take extended vacations longer than a long weekend, and an astounding 24% of people say they didn't take any vacation at all. On top of that, those who do go on vacation don't disconnect. 72% say they stayed in contact with the office by email or phone while on vacation -- and, once again, many do so in order to avoid having a huge pile of work on their return. However, because of that, many say that they return from vacation more stressed than when they left. The article notes that this is a worrisome trend, but perhaps for many people it's just become the norm to blur the work/life balance -- and completely disconnecting on vacation would be even more problematic than staying partially connected.

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    An Onimous, 22 Nov 2006 @ 9:23pm

    I work to live, I don't live to work. I don't work overtime anymore. I don't skip vacations. I don't even answer the phone on vacation if the caller-id says anything other than family or friend. Anyone that does any of the aboce, I have to ask: do you realize that the days you have left to live are finite? If I told you that you have 36500 (roughly 100 years) to life, how many are you going to trade in? How much would you pay just to have 1 more?

    I'm sorry, there isn't a high enough wage in this whole world for me to work more hours than the minimum required to keep my job and sustain my current lifestyle.

    What are these people working for? A bigger house, which comes with a bigger mortgage? A bigger car which they can drive less?

    I feel like such an outsider. I have everything I need, and I enjoy life as it comes. I'll let everyone else fight over the 500" flat screens, I enjoy a good book.

    If your work life is your life, then you need to get a life. Start by quitting your job. If your job means that much to you, its because you are lacking in your own purpose or like the ego trip of being needed or better than others. Unless you actually work for the benefit of humanity, that is. Most work for the benefit of a large check or "kudos".

    Can anyone trade in kudos for another day of life? Will a kudos cure cancer, or even let me sleep better at night? Will it make my life better or stop global warming? Didn't think so.

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