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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    claire rand, 24 Nov 2006 @ 4:52am

    important calls

    if at *any* company one individual being out of the office for a week or two, and uncontactable causes major problems the company has a problem..

    what happens when that person is off sick? possibly for a long period?

    *every* role should have someone else able to do it, maybe not as well, or not as fast, but at least well enough to cover while someone else is brought up to speed.

    Given companies cope when the fire people... frankly when i take a week off don't phone me and I won't phone you.

    as for the argument that if they call it must be important.. well I'd answer the phone the first few times, if it was trivial rubbish forget me answering again.

    yes it could be important, but given 'important' has in the past covered such things as 'how do i send an excel file as an attachment' and the all time classic 'everything i type is comming out in capitals, what do i do'... (caps lock.)

    i prefer to be incommunicardo, if i get paid enough to be 'on call' then by all means call me, otherwise. no.

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