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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    Just plain crazy, 24 Nov 2006 @ 10:09am

    it's not a vacation if you know where I am

    Here is how I view vacation, I lead a small tech team of onshore and offshore developers. I also cover the production system for a small data warehouse, yea that's an oxymoron. Anyway, after I've worked six to seven days a week for months on end on multiple projects, I'm entitled to a break from the office. I'm polite enough to send emails to those I work with letting them know I'll be out of touch and who to talk to.

    This being said, most of us give enough blood during our careers to pay for two or more of us. If we happen to decide to take our vacation, which is a part of your total compensation package, good for us. For those that feel they can't be away for a week or two without the world ending, you need to examine the quality of your work. No owner wants his company's success reliant on an individual.

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