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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    Common sense, 23 Nov 2006 @ 1:35pm

    Its understandable

    I consider it understandable to never be completely disconnected from work. If I had a job that paid me enough to take 3 or 4 weeks off at a time, I would assume I am an important individual and would prefer to keep in touch and ensure things were going alright in my abscence. The idea of 'totally disconnecting' when you run the show is both ignorant and stupid. I would rather make an important decision in the first week of my 3 week vacation, than return to a disaster 2 weeks later after I, 'didnt answer the phone because it was work.' If you are on vacation and are being called because you play an important role at the company, have some common sense and answer the phone because it could be your job at stake for. If you are on vacation from a job that pays well and will continue to afford you a certain lifestyle, have enough respect to answer the phone for the corporation or person who affords you this lifestyle. Hi, my name is common sense, have we met?

    Vacation is a privilege, not a right. People who are close-minded and think the entire world lives like Americans think it's a right.

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